The Many Different Ways We Watch

The age of streaming created weird TV habits. Which of these describes you?

Teen TV Viewing Drops By Half In 5 Years

Teens have long wielded soft influence over Hollywood. But today’s youth is at the center of the biggest shift in consumption habits that the video industry has seen. The post-millennial cohort known as Gen Z (anyone between the ages of approximately 8 and 22) is abandoning linear TV at faster rates than predicted even a few years ago.

Traditional TV Viewing Slips, Still Dominates

Although traditional TV viewing — live and DVR use — has slipped to some extent over recent years, it is still the dominant way that viewers consume video. In the first quarter of this year, consumers 18-plus spent on average 35 hours and 26 minutes weekly with traditional TV (live and DVR), according to new research from the Video Advertising Bureau.

Web Video Spars With TV Over Metrics

Mike Shields parses the conflict arising between Web video companies making claims to comparable — or larger — audiences than their television competitors, a battle that hit a new high at the recent NewFronts. He looks in particular into dubious claims by Fullscreen over its How to Survive High School web show.

Live TV, DVR Viewing Rises, Pay TV Shrinks

Although pay TV homes are shrinking, TV viewing continues to climb. Live TV viewing rose 7% in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 1,004 hours of TV viewed per household, with time-shifted viewing -—15 days after live airing -— also gaining 7% to 356 hours of TV viewed per household, according to comScore’s TV Essentials.

Viewers Tuned In A Bit More In Late 2015

Although total video consumption in 2015 was flat, consumers tuned in just a little bit more during the year’s fourth quarter. Viewing during that time was up just under 1% when you include live TV, time-shifted TV, desktop online video, DVD/Blu-Ray viewing, tablets, smartphones and multimedia/OTT devices. 


Smartphones, Internet Eating Into TV Time

Nielsen data show an increase in the number of 18-to-34-year-olds who used a smartphone, tablet or TV-connected device like a streaming box or game console. That grew 26% in May compared with a year earlier, to an average of 8.5 million people per minute. Those devices, which all showed gains in usage, more than offset declines in TV, radio and computers. In the same age group, the demographic most highly coveted by advertisers, use of those devices fell 8% over the same period to a combined 16.6 million people per minute.

Study: TV Viewership Is Quite Stable

People are still watching as much TV as ever. They’re just watching it in different ways. That’s the finding of a new report from Pivotal Research Group, which finds that TV viewership is surprisingly stable, despite the many new options now available.

Traditional TV Slips But Remains Dominant

Nielsen’s second-quarter 2015 Total Audience Report shows that despite growth in digital video use, TV accounts for half of all media use for weekday and weekends between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. TVB President Steve Lanzano says the report shows “that TV remains consumers’ medium of choice and as such, continues to be the most effective and powerful marketing medium.”   

Netflix Viewing Rises, Affects Trad TV Trends

Netflix continues to have a major impact on TV viewing — its viewing hours, in relation to traditional TV viewing, are now double the number of a year ago. There were 10 billion hours streamed for Netflix against 129.5 billion hours for traditional linear TV viewing in the quarter.

Cultural Changes In Attitude Toward TV

A CBS survey of 700 people in the U.S. with Internet and television connections last year found that 28% said they’re watching more television than they did a year ago. Seventeen percent say they’re watching less, with the remainder indicating their habits are unchanged. That may not seem like much, but there’s a long history of people saying they are watching, or plan to watch, less TV — even as Nielsen measurements proved the opposite is true.


Study: U.S. Adults Still Prefer Live TV Viewing

TV May Benefit From Decline In Moviegoing

Good news for in-home entertainment platforms like TV: 66% of U.S. adults say they are going to the movies less often than a few years ago. At the same time, about the same percentage — roughly two-third of adults — went to movies at least once in 2013.

What Does ‘Watching TV’ Even Mean Today?

Research firm eMarketer says that for the first time we are devoting more attention each day to smartphones, computers and tablets. All of which points to a big question: What counts as TV-watching today?


Adults Spend More Time On Devices Than TV

American adults this year will for the first time spend more time each day using digital media than watching TV, according to a new report by eMarketer. Adults in the U.S. are averaging five hours and nine minutes daily with digital media, up from four hours and 31 minutes last year and three hours and 50 minutes in 2011. The amount of time they spend watching TV has essentially stayed flat in that time period. It was pegged at four hours and 31 minutes this year, down slightly from four hours and 38 minutes in 2012.


Younger TV Viewers Moving Offline

Growing numbers of young TV viewers have been moving offline for some time. Now, 27% of U.S. online 18-24 year olds watch five or more hours per week online. Also, 29% of those 18-24 years olds watch between one and four hours; 17% watch under one hour, and 28%, watching no video online.

Gaming Use Brings More Men To TV

Although TV primetime and other daypart viewing has been largely dominated by women viewers for years, growing gaming console use is bringing more men to the TV screen. This trend could act as a gateway to more traditional TV viewing.


Consumers Favor Watching Video Fare On TV

Despite the increasing number of options available to consumers, they’re still watching the majority of their video programming on television sets — a behavior that has some effect on consumers’ purchase considerations.

CRE To Study Impact Of Mobile Viewing

The Council for Research Excellence has issued a request for proposal for a study on how the use of mobile digital devices is affecting TV viewing behavior. Devices include tablets, smartphones and laptops.


TV Viewing Increases Cross-Platform

Even with more media choices, the average American continues to watch more TV. A new Nielsen report shows that in the April-July period, the average person watched nearly 2 hours and 45 minutes more a month than in the same period a year ago.  That marked a rise of about 2% to an average of 146 hours and 20 minutes a month.

Web Viewers Still Crave Primetime TV Fix

The perception that online video is cannibalizing television viewership seems to be just that: a perception. At least during prime-time hours. More than half of web series video viewers (56%) say they still tune in regularly to watch prime-time television, according to a survey of 1,500 people recently commissioned by, an online platform for web series.

Study Reveals Netflix Viewing Habits

Netflix may only have about 24 million U.S. subscribers, but 35 percent of all Americans ages 13-54 use the service at least once a month, according to a study released Thursday. The study from Knowledge Networks also revealed that each “regular user” of Netflix watches on average five TV shows and four movies per week via Netflix DVDs and streaming.

Icy Winter Storms Heat Up U.S. TV Viewing

Nielsen has calculated that the storm of Jan. 10-13 was the most impactful storm in recent history. The nationwide blizzards and snowstorms didn’t just deposit record-breaking amounts of snow and ice across the country, they also deposited unusually large numbers of viewers, especially kids and teens, in front of their TV sets.

TV Viewing Continues To Edge Up

Americans watched more television than ever in 2010, according to the Nielsen Co., and the generation-long shift to cable from broadcast continued.

Internet And TV, Equal Time In U.S. Homes

Marketers thought Americans spend as much time online as they do watching television, but a Forrester study released Monday confirms it. The average U.S. household watches 13 hours weekly of traditional broadcast TV, equaling the same amount of hours spent online.


DVRs Boost TV Viewing In Second Quarter

In the second quarter of 2010, U.S. television continued to reach more people over more platforms. The average person watched more than 143 hours of television per month. This rate of consumption is essentially flat compared to the same period a year ago; however, the emergence of the DVR as a widely distributed device has changed viewing behaviors in many homes.