Americans watch just 17 channels despite choice

Americans have no shortage of options in every aspect of their lives. The proliferation of devices for consuming content has enabled more choices than most can count. But the “problem” of having too many options – including a growing expanse of content – doesn’t seem to be having an impact on TV viewing preferences.

According to Nielsen, the average US TV home now receives 189 TV channels – a record high and significant jump since 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. Despite this increase, however, consumers have consistently tuned in to an average of just 17 channels.

This data is significant in that it substantiates the notion that more content does not necessarily equate to more channel consumption. And that means quality is imperative – for both content creators and advertisers. So the best way to reach consumers in a world with myriad options is to be the best option.

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