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