Cable News Consumption Up...

...Especially Among Older Americans

By Christian Hamaker

News consumption across all media jumped 18% in 2016, powered by more cable-news viewers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that adults over 18 watched 27.1 billion minutes of cable news last year, up from 18.8 billion minutes

in 2015. But those viewers are disproportionately older: People over the age of 50 spent 11.6% of their time watching cable news; that drops to just 2.5% for people age 18–34.

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