Television Remains Dominant among All Media in Time Spent and Consumer Engagement – New Knowledge Networks Analysis



NEW YORK--()--TVB (, the not-for-profit trade association of America's commercial broadcast television industry, today released a proprietary TVB study conducted by Knowledge Networks, titled "The 2012 Media Comparisons Study," which shows that television continues to reach more consumers on average than any other major medium, across all major demographic groups. The study is the latest version of an every two years update to the proprietary report. The research confirms that adults spend more time with television each day than any other medium, allocating approximately 5.2 hours with TV, compared to 3 hours with the Internet, 1.4 hours with radio and 0.7 hours with mobile phones. Study findings also indicate that television reaches 88% of adults A18+ each day and over 80% of every major demographic break, including young adults A18-34. Moreover, younger demographics are increasing their time spent with television, with daily time spent for A18-34 up +14% from the 2010 period.

"The power of television remains undeniable, as this updated study shows that television remains the central entertainment and information hub for consumers. While alternative digital platforms have grown as well, television continues to dominate all other media in both time spent and consumer engagement," commented Steve Lanzano, President of the TVB. "Perhaps most importantly for advertisers and marketers, qualified research found that consumers cited television as the most influential advertising medium when making a purchase decision."

Lanzano added, "The study also clearly confirms again that broadcast television is the primary source of news for adults with local broadcast stations out-delivering cable by nearly 50%. Furthermore, local broadcast station websites are the top online choice among consumers for local news and event information, presenting advertisers a cost-effective opportunity to reach their key markets across multiple platforms. It's evident from these findings that TV remains the mainstay media among consumers and that local broadcasters are effectively bringing their content to users through their online and mobile initiatives."

The full report is available on the TVB website here,

About TVB

TVB is the not-for-profit trade association of America's commercial broadcast television industry. Its members include television broadcast groups, advertising sales reps, syndicators, international broadcasters, associate members and over 500 individual television stations. TVB actively promotes local media marketing solutions to the advertising community, and in so doing works to develop advertising dollars for the medium's multiple platforms, including on-air, website and mobile. TVB provides a diverse variety of tools and resources, including its website (, to support its members and to help advertisers make the best use of local ad dollars.

About Knowledge Networks

Knowledge Networks is one of the world's largest research companies, with more than 11,000 experts working to give its clients the clearest understanding of the most important people in the world: their customers.



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