Nothing On TV With 104 Channels
The average U.S. household gets 104 television channels but the average TV viewer watches a paltry 16, a Nielsen Media Research survey showed.
Those figures are up from an average of 96 channels per home in 2005, when about 15 of them were watched with any degree of regularity, the New York Daily News said Tuesday.
An estimated 47 percent of all U.S. homes with televisions had more than 100 channels, according to the New York researcher.
But as the number of channels increased over the last three years, the number of channels watched remained in the 15-to-16 range, meaning more options didn't necessarily translate into more channels being watched, researchers said.
For comparison, in 1985, the average home got about 19 channels, although Nielsen did not provide a figure on how many channels were watched.
Nielsen estimates about 111.4 million homes have television sets in the United States with each having an average of three sets.
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