Women Enjoy Network TV Online, Men Enjoy CGM

Women Enjoy Network TV Online, Men Enjoy CGM
Nielson has released the results of a major study of online viewing habits. The study found that women are twice as likely as men to tune into network television on the web. Men 18-34 are twice as likely as women to watch user-generated content on YouTube and other video-sharing sites. The study found that 73% of regular Internet users have watched online video.

Here is the press release on the study:

Nielsen Online Combines Panel and Server Measurement Methods to Deliver Comprehensive Online Video Metrics
New VideoCensus Service Provides Accurate Stream Counts and Granular Audience Demographic Profiles; Women Lead Online Network TV Viewing; Men Drawn to Consumer Generated Media

Nielsen Online, a service of The Nielsen Company, today announced the full release of VideoCensus, the first and only syndicated online video measurement service to combine patented panel and server research methodologies. Early findings reveal differences in how men and women consume video content and that online there is a new primetime.

"The growth projections for both online video consumption and video advertising revenue are phenomenal, and the market requires an innovative approach to measurement. The driving force behind the development of VideoCensus was the unanimous call from our clients to deliver the most relevant and accurate dataset possible," said Dave Osborn, vice president, video measurement and media products, Nielsen Online. "With this release, we've taken a huge step in addressing the market's need to harmonize panel- and server-based metrics and we are delighted by the accolades of major industry players who are supporting our forward thinking approach," he continued.


"As a leader in online video, Turner requires excellence in research methodology," said Jack Wakshlag, chief research officer for Turner Broadcasting System and VideoCensus client. "We've been debating the accuracy of panels and servers for years. VideoCensus measurement ends the debate about accurate counts of our video volume in the marketplace, while also providing Turner with relevant, high-quality audience demographics."

"Comprehensive measurement of the online digital video landscape is equally important to marketers and publishers," added Judit Nagy, vice president, consumer insights for Fox Interactive Media. "As with online audience measurement, having a reliable and trusted source for video metrics is a must-have for the industry, and Nielsen Online is taking a leadership role by making technology advancements for the future."

"As a leading provider of Internet video, it's imperative that MTV Networks has accurate tracking and reporting of streaming volume across our sites," said Colleen Fahey Rush, executive vice president, research, MTV Networks. "Products like Nielsen Online's VideoCensus are essential in helping us meet that need, and capture the full value of our vast online library."



Video streams at broadcast network TV Web sites were nearly two times more likely to be viewed by women age 18-34 than men, who accounted for 22 percent and 12 percent of streams, respectively. For the top four Consumer Generated Media Web sites, streams were two and a half times more likely to be viewed by men 18-34 than women, who accounted for 27 percent and 11 percent of streams, respectively.

Table 1: Stream Composition Percent among Women and Men 18-34 (U.S., Home and Work)

Target Group    Network TV Web Sites    CGM Web Sites

------------    --------------------    -------------

Women 18-34                     22%              11%

Men 18-34                       12%              27%

Source: Nielsen Online, VideoCensus


Among network TV Web sites, there was relatively low viewer overlap, whereas among CGM Web sites, most viewers also watched video content on YouTube.

Table 2: Network TV Web Site Viewer Overlap (U.S., Home and Work)

Network TV Site  ABC.COM  NBC.com  CBS Television  FOX Broadcasting

---------------  -------  -------  --------------  ----------------

ABC.COM              NA       16%              5%                4%

NBC.com              24%      NA               7%                8%

CBS Television       21%      17%             NA                10%

FOX Broadcasting     18%      20%             10%               NA

Source: Nielsen Online, VideoCensus Note: Please read from left to right. For example, only 24 percent of viewers at NBC.com also viewed video content on ABC.com

Table 3: CGM Web Site Viewer Overlap (U.S., Home and Work)

CGM Web Site    Viewer Overlap with YouTube

------------    ---------------------------

Myspace.com                             84%

Veoh                                    93%

Break.com                               87%

Source: Nielsen Online, VideoCensus

"Network Web sites are destinations for fans to deepen their experience — they go to see favorite scenes, episodes and outtakes. These viewers are very loyal and engaged and the Web site is a place to become immersed in the program," said Michael Pond, media analyst, Nielsen Online. "With shorter clips and a viral nature, CGM Web sites are much more about discovery, and consumers are likely to view content on more than one."


Nielsen Online reported that streaming activity at the top network TV Web sites over-indexed during the weekday lunchtime hours of 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. At consumer generated media Web sites, the most popular time for viewing was during late night hours on the weekend, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"These results indicate that the largest appetite for streaming broadcast content is during the noontime hours, when viewers take a break from work to catch up on the shows they enjoy," said Pond. "Primetime visitors to network Web sites primarily enhance their TV viewing experience with features like online voting, Web-only promotions and other program specific content, although there is some interest in streaming network content during the evening as well."

Table 4: Stream Composition Index by Daypart (U.S., Home and Work)

Web Site Genre  Mon-Fri, 12p.m.-2p.m.  Weekend, 11p.m-6a.m.

--------------  ---------------------  --------------------

Network TV                       150                    89

CGM                               78                   131

Source: Nielsen Online, VideoCensus Note: An average composition index is 100.


--  116.7 million unique viewers, or 73 percent of active Web users,

    watched approximately 6.2 billion video streams in December 2007

--  The average viewer spent nearly two hours and 10 minutes watching

    online video content in the month of December

--  Each viewer watched nearly 54 video streams during the month

The No. 1 video site in December was YouTube, with 2.6 billion streams during the month, followed by Yahoo! with 371.9 million streams and Fox Interactive Media with 364.1 million streams (see Table 5).

Table 5: Top 10 Online Video Destinations ranked by Total Video Streams for December 2007 (U.S., Home and Work)

Video Web Brand                Total Streams (000)     Unique Viewers (000)

---------------                -------------------     --------------------

YouTube                                 2,635,408                   67,157

Yahoo!                                    371,922                   26,596

Fox Interactive Media                     364,113                   18,650

Nickelodeon Kids and

 Family Network                           177,461                    6,966

MSN/Windows Live                          111,700                    7,174

ESPN                                      110,480                    6,824

Disney Online                             104,799                    8,999

Turner Entertainment New

 Media Network                             74,798                    4,865

Google                                     60,113                   10,656

Veoh                                       57,919                    2,131

Source: Nielsen Online, VideoCensus

Table 6: Top 10 Online Video Kids, Games & Toys Destinations for December 2007 (U.S., Home and Work)

Video Web Brand or Channel    Total Streams (000)    Unique Viewers (000)

--------------------------    -------------------    --------------------

Nickelodeon Kids and

 Family Network                          177,461                   6,966

Disney Online                            104,799                   8,999

Cartoon Network                           25,402                   1,199

PBS Kids                                   5,081                     630

EverythingGirl.com                         2,937                   1,255

AG Properties Network                      2,068                     131

LEGO                                       1,999                     373

Yahoo! Kids                                1,702                   1,103

4Kids Entertainment Network                1,579                     123

AOL KOL (Kids)                             1,577                     392

Source: Nielsen Online, VideoCensus

About VideoCensus:

Nielsen Online's VideoCensus is the first and only syndicated online video measurement service to combine patented panel and census research methodologies, providing an accurate count of viewing activity and engagement along with in-depth demographic reporting.

About Nielsen Online:

Nielsen Online, a service of The Nielsen Company, delivers comprehensive, independent measurement and analysis of online audiences, advertising, video, consumer-generated media, word of mouth, commerce and consumer behavior, and includes products previously marketed under the Nielsen//NetRatings and Nielsen BuzzMetrics brands. With high quality, technology-driven products and services, Nielsen Online enables clients to make informed business decisions regarding their Internet, digital and marketing strategies. For more information, please visit www.nielsen-online.com.

About The Nielsen Company:

The Nielsen Company is a global information and media company with leading market positions in marketing information (ACNielsen), media information (Nielsen Media Research), online intelligence (NetRatings and BuzzMetrics), mobile measurement, trade shows and business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek). The privately held company is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and New York, USA. For more information, please visit, www.nielsen.com.

Editor's Note: Please source all data to Nielsen Online.

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