August 15, 2017

Binge Viewing is Pervasive, Though Age Plays a Key Role in Frequency

86 Percent of Adult Broadband Users Binge View at Least Occasionally, With 58 Percent of 18-34s Binging Daily

According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG),  binge viewing — that is, viewing more than one episode of a TV series back to back — is rapidly becoming universal, with nearly nine-in-ten ABUs binging at least occasionally. But the frequency of binge viewing skews strongly in favor of younger adults.

TDG's new analysis, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot, identifies and profiles three groups of adult broadband users in terms of their binge viewing habits.

  • Heavy Bingers (binge daily, comprise 14 percent of ABUs),
  • Medium Bingers (binge monthly but not daily, comprise 51 percent of ABUs), and
  • Light/Non-Bingers (21 percent of ABUs that binge less than once a month, 14 percent that do not binge at all).

Importantly, TDG analysts found that the frequency of binging is strongly correlated with the viewer's age. For example, 58 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34, while 56 percent of Light/Non-Bingers are age 45 and older.

"The fact that 31 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34 further illustrates just how different millennial viewing habits are from those of older generations," notes Michael Greeson, President and Principal Analyst at TDG. "For more than a decade, TDG has predicted and observed a structural transformation in what it means to 'watch TV,' with viewing behavior slowly changing from an activity defined by flipping between different live shows on different networks, to one characterized by on-demand binging of individual series."

As these consumers age and younger generations steeped in quantum habits follow behind them, Greeson argues that this behavior will only become more prominent, further impacting programming and distribution strategies.

View TDG's latest analysis of contemporary viewing behavior, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot for an insight into the different segments of binge viewers — who they are, how they behave, and what drives their decisions and preferences.

Source: TDG Research

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