Time Spent Watching TV

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Time Spent Watching TV 2007-2018

In 2007, Americans spent 311 minutes per day watching TV. And, they spent 318 minutes per day in 2008, 315 minutes per day in 2009, 317 minutes per day in 2010, 314 minutes per day in 2011, 313 minutes per day in 2012, 270 minutes per day in 2013, 260 minutes per day in 2014, 250 minutes per day in 2015, 245 minutes per day in 2016, 238 minutes per day in 2017, and 230 minutes per day in 2018.

Average minutes spent per day

  • 2007 - 311 minutes/day
  • 2008 - 318 minutes/day
  • 2009 - 315 minutes/day
  • 2010 - 317 minutes/day
  • 2011 - 314 minutes/day
  • 2012 - 313 minutes/day
  • 2013 - 270 minutes/day
  • 2014 - 260 minutes/day
  • 2015 - 250 minutes/day
  • 2016 - 245 minutes/day
  • 2017 - 238 minutes/day
  • 2018 - 230 minutes/day

your Research team applied the following Strategy:

In order to determine how many minutes per day an American spent watching traditional TV from 2007 to 2018, we examined several reputed sources. In the course of our search, we were able to find precompiled information for the years from 2009 to 2018.

As for the years 2007 and 2008, we began our search by looking through credible sites such as Forbes, Statista, Recode, WSJ, Entrepreneur, and other similar domains. Further, we looked into Nielsen's reports and research studies regarding TV usage in the United States hoping to find the information for 2007 and 2008. But, this attempt proved to be futile. We primarily searched Nielsen because their reports are designed to enable the industry to track changes in media usage. The only related data we found in Nielsen was the historical daily viewing activity among households and persons.

Lastly, we scanned the company websites of the key players of TV industry to see if they had released any report, press release or information regarding the TV usage of Americans. However, we found no significant data relevant to what we were looking for. Since, there was no precompiled data, we used proxy information to represent the data for the years 2007 and 2008. The proxy data reveals the minutes spent on watching TV where Leisure and Sports as the primary categories. This is the only available information we found for the years 2007 and 2008.
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