Fewer people watched traditional television in the first
quarter of 2013, compared to a year ago, and fewer subscribed to multichannel
services, but more time was spent watching traditional TV.
In its new first quarter Cross Platform Report, Nielsen says
old-fashioned TV remains dominant while streaming and mobile video use is
growing but still small in comparison.
"Still vibrant, traditional TV is thriving as viewers
continue to go to their sets for entertainment and information that appeals to
them. In fact, traditional TV viewing has grown year-over-year among the total
population," Dounia Turrill, Nielsen's senior VP of insight, says in the
The number of people watching-or monthly reach-of
traditional TV was 282.949 million, down from 283,302 in the first quarter of
2012. The number of people watching time-shifted TV rose to 166.088 million
from 145.553 million.
As the popularity of mobile devices rise, computer use is
down. The number of people watching video on the Internet was 155.169 million,
down from 162.523 million, while the number of people watching video on a
mobile phone jumped to 45.319 million from 35.957 million.
Time spent watching traditional TV increased slightly in the
first quarter, to 157 hours and 32 minutes per month from 155:46 a year ago,
according to Nielsen. Time spent watching time-shifted TV rose to 13:23 from 12.09. Use of DVD
and Blu Ray devices dropped to 5:56 from 6:07.
Time spent watching video on the internet jumped to 8:20 per month and time spent watching
video on a mobile phone rose to 4:29 from 5:01.
The group doing the most watching of video on mobile phones
was younger viewers. Adults 18-24 watch 27 minutes of video on mobile phones
per week. Teens 12-17 watched video for 25 minutes on their phones. Among
adults 25-35, the total was 23 minutes per week. Video viewing on phones
dropped to almost half that among adults 25-49, and fell even more sharply
among old viewers.
Those young viewers still watch a lot of TV. Adults 18 to 24
watched 23 hours and 24 minutes of traditional TV. Time spent viewing
traditional TV grew as viewers got older.
The group watching the most time-shifted TV was adults
35-49, who spent 3:42 per
week on delayed programming. Those viewers also watched 34:18 in traditional
Nielsen said the number of home with broadcast only delivery
in the first quarter rose to 11.173 million from 11.067 million a year ago. The
number of wired cable homes fell to 57.161 million from 59.807 million, while satellite
rose to 34.907 million homes from 34.567million and telco rose to 10.318
That left the total number of multichannel homes at 102,386
million in the quarter, down from 103,264 million, according to Nielsen.
This quarter, mobile consumption was part of the report for
the first time. Nielsen found that smart phone users spent 87% of their
Internet time using apps, versus 13 browsing the mobile web.
iPad users spent 76% of their Internet time on apps.
Social networking was the way most people spent time on
their smart phones and tablets. Smart phone uses spent 9 hours and 6 minutes on
social networks, compared to 1:15 on
streaming video and 1:11 on
getting sports updates and results.
iPad users spent 3:41 on
social networks, 1:48 on
video and 0:50 on sports.
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