When Americans were confined to their homes during the pandemic, streaming and video games were among the most popular activities to avoid boredom. As people bought toilet paper in bulk before extremely uncertain times, new shows like King tiger has become fashionable. As it turns out, most viewers relied on nostalgic comedy shows to deliver a welcome dose of happiness, and old classics had a major resurgence last year. That’s according to Nielsen who reported that Americans watched some 1.3 trillion minutes of comedy programs on national television last year. While this has not been a successful year for comedy as a whole, with the genre falling 9% in popularity, Nielsen says his data clearly shows Americans turned to proven comedy shows when they needed it. to break with reality in a difficult year.
The appeal of nostalgic comedies was heightened by their availability on multiple platforms, and one show in particular proved to be the most popular with viewers. Americans accumulated nearly 97 billion minutes last year Friends, making it the most watched comedy show of 2020. Despite the general decline in the comedy genre, Friends saw a 30% increase in the number of minutes watched compared to 2019. Andy Griffith Show came second in the table with 58 billion minutes watched, followed by Roseanne with 20 billion minutes. The strongest growth was observed in Family matters with an impressive 392% increase in viewing time. Regional data shows that people in Pittsburgh had the most comedy in 2020, with viewers averaging 126 hours of content.
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