The high-wire act of acquiring off-broadcast-network shows

02/16/2010 | Broadcasting & Cable

Cable networks that acquire off-broadcast-network shows must combine carefully calculated projections of the show's performance with the nerves of a high-stakes gambler, according to this report. USA Network's acquisition of "NCIS: Los Angeles" for an estimated $2 million per episode is the most recent example of this programming high-wire act.

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