No. of subscribers: 84 million
Network topper: Debra Lee
Programming topper: Reginald Hudlin
Top originals: Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, American Gangster, College Hill 4, Keyisha Cole
Upcoming originals: Baldwin Hills (series), Ballers (series), Wifey (series), Iron Ring (series)
The skinny: BET enjoyed its most-watched year to date in 2006, with “Keyshia Cole” the top new cable reality series of the year among black households and the “BET Awards 2006” the top-rated kudocast on all of cable, drawing 6.6 million viewers in June. Although musicvideos will continue to be a part of BET, the net seeks to become more balanced, with parent company Viacom planning to increase its budget for original programming by as much as 50% this year.