The United States Of Television: More TV Sets Than People

Categories: TV Ratings Reference

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July 20th, 2009

Interesting to see that the TV sets/home has risen 18% since 2000, and there's now more TV sets in the United States than people.

New findings from Nielsen’s Television Audience Report show that in 2009 the average American home had 2.86 TV sets, which is roughly 18% higher than in 2000 (2.43 sets per home), and 43% higher than in 1990 (2.0 sets). In addition, there continue to be more TVs per home than people - in 2009 the average U.S. home had only 2.5 people vs 2.86 television sets.

This year about 54% of homes in the U.S. had more than 3 or more television sets, 28% had 2 television sets and only 18% had 1 television set.

Other Key Stats

There are 114.5 million TV homes in the U.S. in 2009

  • 38% of U.S. TV homes have digital cable.
  • 88% have a DVD player, while VCR fell to 72%.
  • 82% of homes have more than 1 television set.
  • 11% of U.S. TV homes only have the capability to receive TV reception “over the air”. These homes have neither cable nor ADS.

via Nielsen Wire.

Download the entire Nielsen report here.

 
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