Baseball Toaster Screen Jam
2007-10-18 10:14
by Jon Weisman

Total average daily time spent in front of the tube actually dropped by one minute to 4 hours 34 minutes from 4 hours 35 minutes in the 2005-2006 season, which was a record. It's the first time individual TV viewing has dropped in at least a decade, and also the year Nielsen included digital video recording in its viewer estimates.

- Michael Learmonth, Variety

I would say I actually come in under the average - even factoring in Dodger games - which is amazing. It helps that I don't watch television in the morning, when my kids get their pre-school (or pre-preschool) fix.

Somebody out there is watching a lot of TV.

2007-10-18 10:43:56
1.   Bob Timmermann

I refuse to admit how much over.

2007-10-18 10:46:47
2.   Daniel Zappala
My average is about 2 hours. A week.
2007-10-18 10:48:02
3.   Eric Enders
During baseball season, I probably average about 3 or 3 and a half hours a day. During the off-season, my average is probably more like one and a half hours a day (almost all of which is college basketball).

If you take out sporting events, my average is probably somewhere around 15-20 minutes a day.

2007-10-18 10:55:49
4.   DXMachina
Under, even during baseball season. I'm probably in the 3-3.5 range, too.
2007-10-18 10:59:17
5.   Kevin Lewis
I would say about three hours a day, but a lot of that time it is background noise to being on the computer. Sad, I know
2007-10-18 11:29:50
6.   Xeifrank
95% of the TV I watch is a Dodger or Laker game in the evening (usually after 9pm) when the little one has gone to bed. So, when the Dodgers/Lakers aren't on, I'd say our TV is on for 1/2 an hour a day and it's usually a Sesame Street or Dora rerun off the VCR. By the way the word of the day today was "squid", letter of the day was "F", not sure what the number of the day was.
vr, Xei
2007-10-18 13:06:16
7.   Eric Stephen
I thought I was definitely over. At the risk of opening my tastes to ridicule, here are the shows I'm currently recording:

1:00 - Office
0:30 - Earl
1:00 - Pushing Daisies
0:30 - Simpsons
0:30 - Family Guy
0:30 - American Dad
1:00 - Dirty Sexy Money
1:00 - Life
1:00 - Heroes
0:30 - How I Met Your Mother
0:30 - 2.5 Men
1:00 - Reaper
1:00 - Kitchen Nightmares
1:00 - Smallville
0:30 - Curb Your Enthusiasm

That's only 11.5 hours in a week, although I'm sure I'm missing some shows. It's probably closer to 9 hours factoring in fast forwarding through commercials.

Sports is the bulk of my time, especially during baseball season. I'd guess I average 2.5 hours of sports per day on weekdays and 8-10 total hours on the weekend. At most, I'm at 31.5 hours, which is 4.5 hours/day, just over the average.

But I probably missed some shows, plus some are seasonal (Top Chef, Flight of the Conchords, 24, Lost, etc) which probably pushes me solidly over the average.

2007-10-18 14:04:28
8.   sgreen23
Yeah I guess I'm over the average as well.
I didn't think I would be watching as much tv this season since some of the shows I watched were no longer on the air (Veronica Mars and The Class being the most missed).
However I've noticed I added more shows this season for whatever reason.
Pushing Daisies - Quirky fun
Carpoolers - having Kids In The Hall as part of the creative team helps
Big Bang Theory - Barenaked Ladies theme song, too lazy to turn off after How I Met Your Mother
Reaper - Kevin Smith being attached to it, although I'm not quite sold on the show yet
I've also notice everyone here talking about Mad Men (I don't have cable) so I'm going to try and make an effort to catch it.
Dexter - which my dad keeps telling me is really good
2007-10-18 14:05:48
9.   sgreen23
Even though I don't watch Las Vegas, I'm vaguely interested in watching Viva Laughlin.
Is anyone else going to watch or tape tonight?
2007-10-18 14:34:09
10.   Jon Weisman
9 - Saw Viva Laughlin already, wanted to like it, thought it was awful.
2007-10-18 14:46:33
11.   Bob Timmermann
The NY Times declared it to be one of the worst TV shows ever.
2007-10-18 15:08:30
12.   sgreen23
Is it bad enough to be good? Bad enough to spend an hour on?
2007-10-18 15:26:30
13.   Jon Weisman
It's not bad enough to be good, but you're welcome to see for yourself.
2007-10-18 15:26:46
14.   Marty
I have the TV on all the time, but I don't necessarily watch it all the time. I usually have TCM on as background noise.

Shows I watch always

The Office
Mad Men
The Shield

Shows I watch sometimes:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
30 Rock

Dead shows still on my DVR record list:
John From Cincinnati
The Nine

2007-10-18 15:42:46
15.   Bluebleeder87
I'm kind of bummed non of you guys watch "Californication" although I think SufferinBruin watches it, he's the guilty party that got me hooked.
2007-10-18 16:13:29
16.   Jon Weisman
15 - I don't have Showtime. Have to cut corners somewhere ...
2007-10-18 16:19:06
17.   Bob Timmermann
That money goes to pay for the governess.
2007-10-18 16:25:20
18.   Jon Weisman
Jenna Fischer likes Californication and Friday Night Lights.

2007-10-18 16:35:49
19.   das411
Is the 4 hrs 34 mins the average before or after the Red Sox are eliminated?
2007-10-18 16:48:15
20.   Bob Timmermann
Most people who get nagged into watch "Friday Night Lights" end up liking it.

Unlike a different show that I won't mention. But I really wasn't nagged about that particular show by Jon, but rather by society.

2007-10-19 08:45:40
21.   overkill94
Well, considering I get home from work around 2 or 3 pm each day and have nothing better to do besides going to the gym for an hour, I'd say I'm above the average. Even when I'm doing work from home I still do it in front of the TV. I'd guess I watch about 5 hours of TV a day, much more when baseball season is in effect.

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