Traditional TV (live + DVR/time-shifted TV) and AM/FM radio continue to have the widest monthly reach of any media among Americans, reports Nielsen in its latest look at the media universe. While the timing of the report doesn’t provide for direct year-over-year comparisons to last year’s installment, there are some trends to be found from the latest release.
[For an in-depth look at the demographic composition of these and other media audiences, including TV, radio, print and social, see MarketingCharts’ latest report, US Media Audience Demographics 2015.]
A comparison of this latest report’s data with the previous edition indicates that the monthly traditional TV audience of 282 million (during Q3 2015) is down from 285 million during Q4 2014. Also on the TV screen, the latest figures show that, during that time period:
While research shows that online radio’s reach continues to grow, AM/FM radio‘s audience remains largely steady, averaging 259 million monthly for the year-long period ending in mid-June 2015, compared to 258 million for the year-long period ending in mid-September 2014.
The latest figures show a narrowing of the gap in internet access on PCs versus smartphones:
As such, the audience gap between PC and smartphone internet use narrowed from 34 million in Q4 2014 to just 6 million in Q3 2015.
The shift from PCs to smartphones is evident in the video viewing audience, too. Indeed, Nielsen’s figures show that more Americans now watch video on a smartphone than do so on a PC. Specifically, in Q3 2015:
This year’s social media figures combine app and mobile web use (where they were separated last year), such that direct comparisons can’t be made to last year’s report. Nevertheless, the latest figures show that social media has a larger monthly audience on smartphones than on PCs:
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