Updated May 15, 2018 - Economy

Reality check: Americans are tuning out of TV

Between the shrimp cocktail shooters and flashy performances at their upfront presentations, you would have no idea that traditional TV networks have a very real problem on their hands.

Data: Weekly time spent with live TV + DVR / time-shifted TV; Source: Nielsen Total Audience Reports Q2 2017, Q2 2016, Q2 2015; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The big picture: According to four years of data from Nielsen's Total Audience Reports, every age group except those aged 65+ is spending less time — and in the case of younger Americans, far less time — watching television live or via DVR.

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