Forget Cord-Cutting: Monthly TV Viewing Is Up 2 Hours Over 2009

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Hulu, YouTube and other Internet-video services simply aren’t peeling Americans away from their TV sets.

In Q1 2010, the estimated 292 million people in the U.S. with TVs watched an average of 158 hours and 25 minutes of television per month, up two hours from 156 hours and 24 minutes last year, according to Nielsen’s latest Three Screen Report. Time-shifted viewing (DVR and VOD usage) over that period grew 14.7%, to 9 hours, 36 minutes per month.

By contrast, monthly time spent watching online video was 3 hours, 10 minutes in Q1 2010 — less than 2% of the time people spent tuned to the boob tube — up 13% over 3 hours per month Q1 2009.

And interestingly, time spent per month “using the Internet on a PC” dropped 13.1% year-over-year, to 25 hours and 26 minutes vs. 29 hours and 15 minutes in Q1 2009, according to Nielsen.

Other findings: More than half of American television households — 52.7% — have HDTVs and receive HD service (as of May 23). That’s up more than threefold from 16.6% in the first quarter of 2008. HD-capable households watch 3% more primetime TV than non-HD homes, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, 36.6% of U.S. TV households now have DVRs, compared with 24.0% in Q1 2008, Nielsen says. Broadband penetration was at 63.5% for Q1 2010 vs. 51.3% two years earlier.

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