• PTC Offers Holiday Shopping Guide with 2017 Best and Worst Advertiser List

    by  • November 13, 2017 • Advertiser Accountability • 1 Comment


    Companies previously on PTC’s “Worst Advertiser” lists are now on the “Best” list.

    In time for the holiday shopping season, the Parents Television Council has released its 2017 Best and Worst Advertisers List, designed to highlight companies that sponsor TV programs that are safe for children, and those that sponsor TV shows with harmful content.

    “When families head out for Christmas and holiday shopping, we hope they’ll consider rewarding companies who made it onto our Best List, as those are the brands that have demonstrated a corporate commitment to underwriting TV programming that is generally safe for children and families to watch,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “We’ve seen some companies that have been on our previous Worst Lists appear to have changed their ad buying practices, specifically, Toyota and McDonalds, and we commend these companies for improving their ad buying practices. We urge companies on our new Worst List to improve their media-buying policies.

    “Year after year the networks increase the volume of inappropriate content on TV shows that kids are able to access, and advertisers are the key to TV shows that either thrive or die. Without ad dollars, harmful TV shows would either be forced to tone down explicit content or be forced off the air altogether.

    “Brands should be rewarded for investing their media dollars that support a safe media environment for children; and brands should be penalized for sponsoring programs that underwrite graphic sex, violence, or profanity and then market that harmful content to kids. Families can send a powerful economic message to these companies by voting with their wallets.”
    PTC’s Best and Worst Advertisers of 2017

    The ranking was compiled by looking at the number of ads same-industry competitors ran on shows rated appropriate for families, versus programs rated as not appropriate for family viewing. The list is arranged by industry, followed by the best and worst companies in each category:

    Best Worst
    Mazda Honda
    Chrysler Subaru
    Toyota BMW
    Ford Nissan



    Best Worst
    AT&T Sprint
    Verizon T-Mobile



    Best Worst
    Procter & Gamble Unilever
    Smucker’s Mondelez
    Hershey Mars, Inc.



    Best Worst
    Amazon Samsung
    Apple Microsoft



    Best Worst
    MasterCard Discover
    Capital One American Express



    Best Worst
    TJX (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods) Macy’s
    Sears Kohl’s



    Best Worst
    Walmart Target



    Best Worst
    McDonalds Burger King
    Starbucks Wendy’s
    Dairy Queen Subway
    Chipotle Yum! Brands



    Best Worst
    Coca-Cola Red Bull


    One Response to PTC Offers Holiday Shopping Guide with 2017 Best and Worst Advertiser List

    1. Polisher
      November 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

      This is excellent information to collect and display. But I question how effective it will be in changing what’s on TV. How you can expect people to buy products from the best advertisers if the worst advertisers provide better products/services?

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