Nielsen Total Audience Report – Q4 2019

What You Need to Know


Nielsen’s Q4 2019 Total Audience Report confirms Americans’ significant and consistent preference for television over all other media.

  1. In Q4 2019, adults 18+ spent over 36 hours weekly with their television sets, as the TUT (Total Use of Television) reached 36 hours and 17 minutes. TUT includes live TV + time-shifted TV as well as TV-connected devices (DVD, game console and internet connected device, which also includes smart TV app usage). Live TV was the primary contributor, with 25 hours and 51 minutes.
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  3. App/web on a smartphone came in with weekly time spent at 28 hours and 20 minutes. Video focused web/app on a smartphone was 1 hour and 51 minutes.
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  5. Radio was third with weekly time spent in Q4 2019 at 11 hours and 45 minutes. It should be noted that radio includes listening to AM/FM radio stations, digital streams of AM/FM stations, HD radio stations and satellite radio.

Nielsen’s Total Audience Report data reflects scientific measurement and is today’s gold standard in time-spent analysis. The Q4 2019 Total Audience Report is the latest data demonstrating that TV remains consumers’ medium of choice and as such, continues to be the most effective and powerful marketing medium.

Nielsen clients can access the Q4 2019 report on Nielsen Answers.

The following key points highlight the strength of the local broadcast industry:


Source: The Nielsen Company, Q4 2019 The Total Audience Report


Source: The Nielsen Company, Q4 2019 The Total Audience Report

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