Consumers give thanks for more viewing time in November, according to The Gauge – Nielsen - Social Media Explorer
Consumers give thanks for more viewing time in November, according to The Gauge – Nielsen
Consumers give thanks for more viewing time in November, according to The Gauge – Nielsen
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There are many factors that can affect TV viewing habits, including the program schedules, weather and sports season, but few things have as much impact as the simple one: the time you take off. According to The Gauge, SME’s total TV and streaming snapshot, the Thanksgiving holiday and time away from our daily routines inspired consumers to spend 5% more time with TV each week in November.

The overall rise in TV use during November was not evenly distributed. Notably, the time away from school gave students the opportunity to spend more time playing video games (included in the “other” category, which gained a share point) and watching content on Disney+.

There were three major changes to November’s total TV use:

  • Broadcast TV’s share points fell due to dips in sitcom and general drama viewing (-12%).
  • Sports viewing remained strong, with viewing up 7%—even without the World Series. 
  • This category saw a 12 percent increase due to seasonal interest in feature films. Two perennial top performers drove the evening animation segment to record numbers this month. Grinch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Disney+, the sole streamer platform that saw a change in viewership, was also the most affected. The platform’s nearly 20% increase of viewing time contributed to a percentage point gain in total viewing. Two primary factors drove the increase: the additional availability of the platform’s key audience (kids) the Disney+ Day release of Shang Chi and Jungle Cruise. Separately, Amazon Prime Video’s total share remained flat at 2%, but the platform did see an 8% increase in total minutes viewed compared with October.

Let me take you to the details of our methodology.

You can see Brian Fuhrer (SVP Product Strategy, SME) giving a behind-the scenes view of some of The Gauge’s viewing adjustments.

METHODOLOGY & FREQUENTLY ABUSED QUESTIONS

The Gauge is a monthly analysis of consumers’ access to content on key TV delivery channels, such as Broadcast, Streaming and Cable. This chart includes information about the top streaming providers. This chart shows individual streaming distributors’ share of each category as well as total TV usage.

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