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Toyota’s ‘Bookstore’ Is Most-Watched Auto Ad of Week

Toyota's No.1 ad for the week of Dec. 13, about restocking a small-town bookstore, features music from Kacey Musgraves.

A Toyota ad debuts atop's weekly ranking of the most-viewed automotive commercials — the ads that have generated the highest number of impressions across national broadcast and cable TV airings.

The automaker's No.1 ad for the week of Dec. 13, about restocking a small-town bookstore, features music from Kacey Musgraves. According to iSpot’s Ace Metrix survey data, viewers found the message inspiring, with 37% of respondents selecting it as the single best thing about the ad (well above the 10% industry average). 

The Toyota spot also scored 12.8% higher than the industry norm for likability, 9.5% higher for attention and 7.9% higher for watchability.

The other newcomer to the list is Chevrolet’s “Holiday Ride.” While third in overall impressions, the ad ranks first for estimated spend, at $7.2 million. That outlay helped increase the estimated national ad spend of all five ads on this week’s list by 35% over the previous week, totaling $17.5 million. 

Nearly half of that (48%) was directed at NFL football. But only three of the ads on the list contributed to that football-focused total, with “Holiday Ride” doing the heavy lifting at an estimated $6 million.

Lincoln’s “Unexpected” slips to second from its top position the week prior, and Subaru retains both fourth and fifth, as well as the title of fan favorite. Both ads focus on Subaru’s corporate giving efforts, which according to Ace Metrix data continue to resonate well with viewers. 

Of the two, “Give Back Anthem” retains a slight edge, scoring 16% higher than the industry norm for likability, while 51% of viewers named the message the single best thing about the ad. “The Largest Impact” tracks closely, however, with a likability score 14.7% above the industry norm.


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Toyota: Bookstore

Impressions: 342,966,323 

Interruption Rate: 2.11% 

Attention Index: 110 

Est. TV Spend: $4,183,143


Lincoln Motor Company: Wish List Event: Unexpected

Impressions: 281,833,420 

Interruption Rate: 2.86% 

Attention Index: 96 

Est. TV Spend: $2,226,185


Chevrolet: Holiday Ride

Impressions: 210,113,806 

Interruption Rate: 2.67% 

Attention Index: 126 

Est. TV Spend: $7,296,981


Subaru: Share the Love Event: Give Back Anthem

Impressions: 182,140,362 

Interruption Rate: 2.80% 

Attention Index: 88 

Est. TV Spend: $1,692,191


Subaru: Share the Love Event: The Largest Impact

Impressions: 171,379,704 

Interruption Rate: 3.15% 

Attention Index: 85 

Est. TV Spend: $2,425,169


Data provided by, TV Ad Measurement for Disruptive Brands

*Ace Metrix auto industry norms data measured over the last 90 days.


TV Impressions - Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.

Interruption Rate - The rate at which the audience present at the beginning of your ad disengages with it before it ends.

Attention Index - A comparison of your ad’s Interruption Rate against your specific media placement. The Attention Index is measured on a scale of 0 to 200, where 100 is the average and means your ad is performing as expected.

Est. National TV Spend - Amount spent on TV airings for the brand’s spots.

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