Nielsen: Broadcast Reliance Grew in 2012
NEW YORK – The latest set of Nielsen figures indicate that reliance on
broadcast television grew in 2012. The firm’s third-quarter Cross Platform
Report for 2012 shows over-the-air households went from 11 million in 3Q11 to 11.1 million in 3Q12,
an increase of around 0.6 percent. That puts the percentage of U.S. TV
households that rely exclusively on over-the-air (versus pay) TV at 9.8
percent, a figure that’s only slightly off from another recent Nielsen report
that suggested reliance was at 9
The report indicated that cord-cutting diminished cable subscribership by 4
percent, from 61.2 million for 3Q11 to 58.5 million in 3Q12, a difference of
2.7 million. Satellite TV inched up 124,000 subscribers—also a fraction of a
to 34.8 million during the same period. TelcoTV had the most growth with the
fewest overall subscribers, from 8.3 million to 9.5 million, an increase of 15
Adding broadband to the mix, only about half the broadcast-only homes also had
broadband—5.3 million in 3Q12. Pay TV-plus-broadband homes numbered 78.5
In terms of viewing time, Americans spent more than 34 hours a week in front of
a TV set in 3Q12, up 18 minutes over the previous quarter. Cable came out on
top in live viewing, with 74.1 percent versus 63.9 percent for broadcasting and
91.3 percent for syndicated programming. Broadcast fared better under
time-shifting scenarios, catching 99.4 percent of the audience at 21 days
versus 98.5 percent for cable and 99.9 percent for syndie.
The majority of viewing, as always, was on a traditional TV set. Viewers spent
148 hours and three minutes a month watching TV in the third quarter. Eleven
hours, 30 minutes was spending watching time-shifted content; 5:17 on DVD or
Blu-Ray players; 6:38 on game consoles; 28:58 on a computer and 5:25 on smartphones.
~ Deborah D. McAdams
February 9, 2012… “Wireless
TV Households on the Rise”
TV: It’s the latest thing. Nielsen’s latest Cross-Platform Report says U.S.
households opting for the combination of broadband and wireless TV--otherwise
known as “broadcasting”--rose nearly 23 percent between the third quarters of
2010 and last year.