Television Watching Statistics

Total Use of TelevisionData
Average time spent watching television (U.S.)5:11 hours
Years the average person will have spent watching TV9 years
Family Television Statistics 
Percentage of households that possess at least one television99 %
Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household2.24
Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets65 %
Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner67 %
Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV56 %
Number of videos rented daily in the U.S.6 million
Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV49 %
Child Television Statistics 
Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television1,480
Percent of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV and spending time with their fathers, preferred television54 %
Hours per year the average American youth spends in school900 hours
Hours per year the average American youth watches television1,200
Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18150,000
Number of 30 second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child16,000

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Statistic Verification
Source: BLS American Time Use Survey, A.C. Nielsen Co.
Research Date: March 27th, 2015

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