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Monthly TV Report: May 2015

  • People in the UK watched an average of 2 hours, 22 minutes of commercial linear TV a day during May
  • Total linear TV viewing (including BBC) was 3 hours, 31 minutes a day
  • Commercial TV’s share of linear viewing in April 2014 was 68%

The viewing figures

The latest figures from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) show that commercial TV accounted for 67% of total TV viewing on a TV set in May.

The average viewer watched 2 hours, 22 minutes of commercial TV a day on a TV set in April.

Across the key advertiser audiences, 16-34s watched 1 hour, 48 minutes a day, 6 minutes less than last year; men watched 2 hours, 20 minutes a day of commercial TV and ABC1 adults watched 1 hour, 56 minutes a day, both the same as last year.

In total, linear TV viewing in April (including BBC channels) increased by 1 minute compared with last year. The average viewer watched 3 hours, 31 minutes of TV a day. Total TV weakly reach remains high at 94%.

A note on measurement

These figures are based on BARB’s standard industry measurement – on which TV advertising is traded. This only includes in-home viewing on a TV set, live or playback, within 7 days of broadcast. However, an increasing amount of TV viewing is happening outside these 7 days and out of the home.

BARB has started to measure 8-28 day playback on the TV set and including this extra viewing gives a more accurate picture of TV. Also, through ‘Project Dovetail’, BARB is working towards providing reliable data about new ways TV is being watched on other devices. Early results from it are expected soon.

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