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Americans are spending more time at the office, so our nights are more valuable than ever before. What exactly are we up to when the sun goes down?

In this month's exclusive poll, American Demographics teamed up with Encino, Calif.-based market research firm E-Poll to find out which night of the week Americans are most likely to participate in common activities such as going to the movies, paying bills, working late and eating out. According to the online survey of 1,000 adults, weighted to reflect the demographic makeup of the U.S. population, Americans are busiest on Saturday nights and the least tied-up on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Overall, Americans are most likely to work late (11 percent) or workout (10 percent) on Monday; attend a club meeting on Tuesday (8 percent) and stay at home and watch TV or a movie on Friday night (22 percent). Saturday is the most popular night for attending a movie, concert or theater performance (46 percent); going out for dinner or drinks (33 percent); running errands (25 percent) or enjoying “family night� (21 percent). Sundays are reserved for stay-at-home activities such as catching up on correspondence (21 percent) and paying bills (18 percent). For a more detailed look at America's social calendar, check out our weekly planner.

WEEKLY PLANNER

MONDAY

Work late:

27 percent of those who are prone to work late (11 percent of all Americans) say they're most likely to burn the midnight oil on Mondays
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Workout:

27 percent of adults who workout (10 percent of all Americans) are most likely to pump iron at the start of the week
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Run errands:

34 percent of Southerners and 38 percent of those 55 and older reserve Monday for running errands
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Make calls, write letters:

22 percent of women are likely to catch up on their correspondence on Monday nights
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TUESDAY

Attend meetings:

24 percent of those who say they're likely to attend a club meeting (8 percent of all Americans) will do so on Tuesday night
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Make calls, write letters:

23 percent of men catch up on their correspondence on Tuesdays — after women are done tying up the line on Mondays
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See a movie:

Only 2 percent of Americans go out to a movie, concert or theater performance on Tuesday nights
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WEDNESDAY

Spend time with family:

4 percent of Americans. While it does not claim exclusivity as the night Americans are most likely to participate in any of our surveyed activities, Wednesday does rank as the night least likely to be “family night.�

Workout:

Only 6 percent of Americans head to the gym mid-week
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Work late:

Just 7 percent of Americans stay late at the office on Wednesdays
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Go out to dinner:

5 percent of Americans go out to eat, while most prefer a meal at home
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THURSDAY

Watch TV:

11 percent of Americans — garnering the highest percentage of TV audience of any of the “school nights� (Monday through Thursday)
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Unplug the phone:

Correspondence is at its lowest point on Thursday. Only 5 percent make calls and write letters
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FRIDAY

Go out to dinner/see a movie:

27 percent of Americans go out to eat, while 15 percent say T.G.I.F. by seeing a movie
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Workout:

Only 1 percent of Americans have enough energy left after working all week to workout
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Run errands:

20 percent of Midwesterners, or 1 in 5
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Work late:

5 percent. Friday is the night during the workweek that the fewest Americans work late
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Watch TV/spend time with family:

34 percent of Southerners are watching TV or a movie, while 32 percent of Southerners get in quality time with their families
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SATURDAY

Run errands:

28 percent of Westerners and 31 percent of Northeasterners
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Go to dinner/see a movie:

33 percent of Americans say there's a good chance they'll go out for a bite to eat, and 46 percent could probably be talked into going out to see a movie, concert or theater performance
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Watch TV/spend time with family:

27 percent of Midwesterners are likely to be at home watching TV and 26 percent are having “family night.�

Get a sitter:

21 percent of those who play shuttle service for the kids say that they're most likely to do so on Saturday night
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SUNDAY

Pay bills:

18 percent of Americans, or nearly 1 in 5
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Watch TV/spend time with family:

19 percent of Westerners and 23 percent of Northeasterners park it in front of their television sets — even if they have to fight the rest of the family for a seat on the couch. Sunday is also the night most residents in the West and Northeast, 15 percent and 22 percent, respectively, say they have “family night.�

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