Time Spent Watching TV

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Television Bureau of Advertising's analysis: Traditionally, women in TV households have spent the most time viewing the tube, averaging more than 5 hours a day in recent years. Men are next, with more than 4.5 hours of daily viewing since 2005. Teens and children have been viewing at about the same levels, nearing the 3.5 hour mark. In 2009, men increased to 4:54. Women, still No. 1, increased to 5:31. Teens went down to 3:26, and children were up to 3:31.

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U.S. TV viewing. Source: Television Bureau of Advertising's TV Basics with data from Nielsen Co. NTI Annual Averages, 1994-present data based on start of broadcast season September to September. Beginning in 2007, estimates include Live+7 PUT viewing plus DVR playback.
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