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World TV Day: The impact of TV around the world

Today is World TV Day, the UN’s celebration of the global cultural impact of television. To mark the occasion, broadcasters from all over the world are releasing various statistics showing the ongoing impact of the medium.

And like every other day, billions of people will together spend billions of hours watching TV, talking about it and sharing it.

Given the advance of new technologies, what reach does TV still have? PEPPTV,  an informal grouping of broadcasters’ trade bodies and sales houses has compiled the following stats showing the reach of TV around the world: 

TV reaches 16 million Australians every day, who watch a total of more than 4 billion minutes of broadcast TV every day. In fact, Australian households are 30% more likely to have a TV set than a barbeque. (TV penetration is 97% according to The Australian Multi-Screen Report Q2 2016, BBQ household stat is 63.7%)

Canadians watch 130 million hours of TV every day – that’s the equivalent of four Super Bowls. What’s more, the average TV campaign in Canada delivers an amazing 317 million impressions. 

In 2016, the average viewer in the UK will have watched over 1,300 hours of TV – the equivalent of watching all seasons of Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards more than 10 times over. In addition, every night in the UK there are 17 million conversations about TV advertising.

TV reaches 210 million people every day, who collectively watch 840,000,000 hours of TV per day. If you stood all of TV’s daily viewers one on top of the other, they would stretch all the way to the moon (based on a stat revealing the average American being 5 feet 6 inches or 1.64m tall).

Germans like their TV: research indicates they watched an average of 223 minutes of TV per day in 2015 – or 16 billion minutes in total: That’s 30,000 years of TV in one day...

Every day in 2016, 43.5 million people in France tune into TV on a television set. With the average daily audience of 2015, you could fill the Stade de France 558 times.
(Average French audience 2015: 45.2 million viewers per day, according to Médiamétrie figures)

The total time Italians spent watching television in 2015 is equivalent to the time it takes to play 1,032 football matches, to bake 61,911 pizzas or to brew 222,878 cups of espresso.
(Average daily minutes for each day of the year: 92.866 minutes, target audience: Total population, source: Auditel Nielsen TAM.)

A whopping 33 million Spaniards watch TV each day. You would have to fill Real Madrid’s home stadium 408 times to get the same reach with any other medium.
(Reach: Average Daily Accumulated Audience, Total Spain, Individuals 4+, from January to 7th November 2016. Fact: Capacity of the Real Madrid stadium (Santiago Bernabeu): 85 454 seats.)

In Poland, 25 million people tune in each day for an average of 4 hours and 18 minutes – totaling a mind-boggling 483,883,433 daily views. 318 stadiums would have been necessary to fit all Poles watching the Poland-Portugal game of the Euro 2016.
(Reach: Nielsen, January to November 2016, population 4+ Fact: Football Euro 2016 quarterfinal match Poland-Portugal was watched by 21 432 231 of people. If all of them wanted to watch this match live on Stade Velodrome in Marseille, (capacity 67 346), they would fill in the stadium over 318 times.)

8.3 Million people watch television daily in Portugal. That’s twice as much as Cristiano Ronaldo’s followers on Twitter. 

The most-watched program in 2016 – the final of the Eurovision Song Contest – was viewed by 3.6 million people, or four out of every ten Swedes.

3,679,000 Fins watched an average of four hours of TV each day (2015). In a very random fact released by PEPPTV, that means that in average, the equivalent of over 6 million hockey games are being watched on TV by Fins daily.
(Here's the calculation: 3,647,000 viewers, who watch in average 4h per day (240 minutes) = 875,280,000 minutes viewed 875,280,000 minutes viewed divided by the average game of hockey (i.e. 140 minutes) = 6.252.000)

TV reaches 11.2 million people daily who watch a total of 49 million hours every day (2016). You would be a multi-billionaire if you received one Euro for every hour watched by the Dutch in 2015 (18 billion hours). 

The most-watched program in 2016 – the Switzerland v. France match during Euro 2016 – reached 2,206,890 viewers, or three times as many Swiss people as there are cows in Switzerland. With this number, you could also fill the biggest stadium in Switzerland (St Jakob Park) 57 times.
(Audience: Instar Analytics, Switzerland national, P3+ incl Guest, R-T cumulatice, CH-National, Overnight+7, all platforms, SRF zwei, RTS deux, RSI LA2.
Capacity of the St.Jakob Park Basel: 38 512 seats. The numbers of cows in Switzerland: 701,000 in 2015, according to the Swiss Bundesamt für Statistik.)

With the average national daily audience in Belgium, you can fill Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe 76 times over. (Daily reach: Flanders 4.342.230; Walloon: 3.181.019. Capacity of the Camp Nou stadium: 98.772)

132.5 million Brazilians watch TV daily and the average minute rating in primetime is equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom (64.8 million). 

Over 5 million people watch television every day in Chile. With the figures of one day you can fill the National Stadium of Chile (Julio Martínez Prádanos) 105 times. 

This number reaches 13.5 million people daily in Colombia. That's 48% more than Columbian Actress Sofia Vergara's followers on Twitter. 

16 million in Peru in one week. The number-crunchers say that with this number you can fill Machu Picchu every day for over 17 years. Combining a day in Chile, Peru and Colombia equals the number of people who have visited the Rio Carnival in the last 35 years!
(Visitors capacity in Machu Pichu – 2.500. http://boletomachupicchu.com)

The Chinese watch an average of 251 minutes of TV per day (2015), and in 2014 created 3,277,400 hours of TV content.

To celebrate their love of television, viewers are encouraged to use the hashtags #WeloveTV and #WorldTVDay on social networks to mark World TV Day on 21 November.