Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The idiot box

The ratings company Nielsen recently published some interesting data on TV audiences in the USA.

Apparently the average American watches 34 hours 39 minutes of TV a week.

Based on my calculations that equates to just under 5 hours of telly a day.

Surely that can't be right?

Obviously Nielsen are experts in their field. But 5 hours a day?

The heaviest viewers are the oldies with people 65+ sitting in front of the box for 47 hours and 33 minutes a week.

Meanwhile teenagers watch less than half that.

But to come back to my original point - Are people in America really watching about 5 hours of telly a day?