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