The widely-used Nielsen Household and Persons Universe numbers provide an important context for the economic health of the channels that commission, coproduce and acquire documentary programs.
My valued colleague, Byron Media‘s John Morse, shared the data and context.
TOTAL U.S TV UNIVERSE:
- The total US Universe of TV homes increased from 119.9 Million a year ago to 120.6 Million this month.
- That’s a 700,000 (0.06%) increase in total US TV homes.
- Persons 2+ increased from 305.4 to 307.3 Million.
- Persons 18-34 increased from 69.8 to 70.1 Million.
- Persons 18-49 increased from 128.9 to 129.5 Million.
- Persons 25-54 increased from 120.6 to 121.2 Million.
- Persons 35-64 increased from 120.6 to 120.6 Million.
- Persons 55+ increased from 92.0 to 93.4 Million.
- Hispanics increased from 16.2 to 16.9 Million
- Asians increased from 6.2 to 6.4 Million
- African Americans increased from 15.9 to 16.0 Million
- Broadcast-only homes now stands at 14% of US homes (16.7 Million) as cord cutting continues.
There are now:
- 91.5 Million Professionals/Owners/Managers (POM)
- 120.1 Million with Household Income $100K+
- 87.8 Million with HH Income $125K+
Cable network cord-cutting continued through September ’19:
- Broadcast-only homes now stands at 14% of US homes (16.7 Million).
- The average network lost 2,884,000 homes year-over-year (-5.2%)
- The wired cable universe was down 1,414,000 homes (-2.4%).
- Satellite subscription was down 3,155,000 (-9.4%).
- These declines were partially offset by additional virtual MVPD carriage of 2,364,000 homes for the average network
- (vMVPD = network programming delivered through the Internet including Sling, DirecTV Now, SONY PlayStation Vue, Hulu Live, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and Philo).
Byron Media: More Information & Analysis
- For a free copy of the full report, contact John Morse.
- Whether it’s audience measurement, distribution, ad sales, marketing/promotion, multi-platform, “big data” usage, or program content and scheduling, Byron Media makes the bottom-line difference for companies.
- Call 516-627-5634 or contact John@ByronMedia.com
DISTRIBUTION OF NETWORKS THAT COMMISSION FACTUAL PROGRAMS
The table below captures Nielsen’s estimates of the HOUSEHOLD distribution universe for U.S. Cab / Sat channels:
- My selection focuses on 42 networks that are dedicated to unscripted programs, or that include factual and/or Reality.
- They are ranked by SCALE, beginning with the most broadly distributed.
|CNN / HLN||87,697|
|NAT GEO CHANNEL||86,471|
|NAT GEO WILD||58,926|
|BABY FIRST TV||53,336|
- The average linear network measured nationally by Nielsen is carried in 60,076,000 homes.
- Food Network has the largest HH distribution: 88,623,000.
- Food also has the largest number of vMVPD homes: 5,701,000, up 167,000 past month.
Crime Still Pays
- The average year-to-year decline across all U.S. Cab / Sat channels was -5.2%.
- Discovery’s True Crime-themed ID network beat the tide, actually gaining 432,000 subscribers (0.5%).
- The U.S. Cab / Sat channels subscriber universe is not falling off a cliff, but is in steady decline.
- However, U.S. channels enjoy long-term distribution agreements, earning carriage fees as well as advertising revenues.
- The channels combined are now — and will remain — massive buyers of unscripted programs for the foreseeable future.
- Their buying volume is necessary to sustain their 24 x 7 schedules.
- Netflix and the SVOD‘s don’t purchase factual programs at the same volume as leading factual channels:
- The leading online platforms acquire just enough documentaries and unscripted entertainment to attract and retain subscribers.
- Their customers are primarily drawn to binge-watchable scripted series.
- See my coverage of Netflix online engagement comparing top Originals in the Documentary and Scripted categories.
- Nielsen updates all its universe national base counts once per year, effective each September.
- For the full report, contact my colleague John Morse: John@ByronMedia.com