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
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.

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Jan 4, 2011 10:32 AM CST
I only see TV when I'm out. Have not watched TV at home in more then a year.
Jan 3, 2011 5:06 PM CST
I went back to the states (Maui, Hawaii) for a week-long vacation this past week. Watching TV was depressing. I expected dramas to be nothing but the new opiate of the masses, but the news programs were the biggest letdown. Most of every news program (the major networks and CNN) was filled tepid slice-of-life segments. They avoided anything controversial they might be criticized for. I can see why so many people like FOX. It is propaganda, but it is hard hitting. MSNBC was the only worthwhile competitor in terms of attitude and fight, but they look like amateur hour at an underfunded college broadcasting station compared to FOX's polished delivery.
Jan 3, 2011 2:44 PM CST
I must not be average, I hardly watch tv, and if I do it's either NatGeo or the Science Channel.