With all of the conversation around the “modern way” of watching TV and the topic that live Television is slowly dying, it is hard to believe that the ritual of watching live sitcoms/shows with the family will continue to live on. This unfavorable thought persuaded me to research the actual evidence that TV shows could potentially be going out of style. According to the two articles posted below, “people aren’t leaving TV content, they just sometimes view it through alternative streaming options.” [sigh of relief]
Knowing this fact, however, isn’t particularly new news to us. It is very well known that Netflix and Hulu have been the main way of viewing TV shows for the past eight years. We know that binge watching sporadic shows is the new norm, but the data from the articles suggest these viewers aren’t just watching random shows, but more specifically, network television shows.
I find this interesting because when people think of Netflix or Hulu, normally the first thing that comes to mind is the endless amounts of movies and undiscovered shows that are available to stream at the click of a mouse. But what the analytical evidence has discovered is that Netflix and Hulu are used mostly to view network TV shows. This infers that people aren’t completely neglecting TV and the prevalent shows currently airing, but rather using the convenient streaming websites to either catch up on their favorite live TV show or go back and watch an episode they were not able to watch during the week when it was aired live.
The graphic above provides some visual data comparing the current viewing preferences along with the preferred streaming network. The statistical circle is yet another reminder that TV is still definitely being watched, just not how it used to be. So carry on watching your favorite sitcoms and live television shows with your parents and siblings, and if you happen to miss it live, Netflix and Hulu have your back.