Average American Watches 34 Hours of TV a Week

That almost sounds like a full-time job...

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2011 10:57 AM CST

(Newser) – The average American watches 34 hours of television per week … which sounds suspiciously like a full-time job. That slightly depressing, slightly baffling statistic comes to you courtesy of the Nielsen Company, which reports that total viewing rose about 1% in 2010. More from Nielsen, via the New York Times:

  • CBS was the No. 1 network when it came to total viewers for every week of the year except one.
  • Fox was first among the prized 18-to-49 demographic.
  • The only new shows to land in the top 20 were all on CBS: Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and Mike & Molly.
  • Of the 10 highest-rated telecasts in 2010, eight were football games, one (the Undercover Boss premiere) followed a football game, and the last was the Academy Awards.
  • CNN was down 34% in viewers from 2009—the largest loss of all the cable channels.

The average American does 34 hours of this per week.   (Shutter Stock)
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