21 Interesting Facts About Television Around The World

on November 21, 2017
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To mark World Television Day on Tuesday, November 21st, we’re sharing some interesting facts and stats that you never knew about TV from around the world

1 – A recent Samsung survey found that it isn’t reality TV or soaps that make us most likely to tune in….but documentaries1, with 41% claiming it is their favourite TV genre.




2 – Based on the above it is probably no surprise that Blue Planet II is currently the most watched show of 2017, peaking with 14.1 million viewers2




3 – In Australia, the iconic State of the Origin rugby match between Queensland and New South Wales drew in the most viewers of 2017 to date with 4.1 million people3




4 – Whilst in China, it’s an internet based ‘rap reality’ show pulling in the viewers. The Rap of China showcase young and feisty contestants hoping for their big break into the world of hip hop, with more than 2.5 billion views to date4.




5 – Back in the UK, Only Fools & Horses was voted the most popular sitcom of all time in Samsung’s poll.




6 – The Chase is our number one game show




7 – Whilst Strictly Come Dancing beat off some stiff competition when it came to the best reality or talent show.




8 – When it comes to those in front of the camera, the USA is home to some of the best paid stars of television. According to Forbes, Dr. Phil is currently the highest paid presenter in the world earning a reported $79m.




9 – Sofia Vergara is reportedly the highest paid television actress at $41.5m




10 – And, Kim Kardashian’s business empire means she is the highest paid reality star with a reported fortune of $51m.




11 – Behind the camera, Netflix hit The Crown is the most expensive of all time, costing $130 million to produce5.




12 – Whilst American TV show M*A*S*H takes the crown for the most-watched episode ever, with 103 million viewers tuning in for the final ever installment6.




13 – Samsung’s recent survey also shows we’re watching more television than ever, with a fifth of us claiming to watch more TV now than we did five years ago thanks to both on-demand technology….




14 – …and our love of binge-watching. Game of Thrones was voted in the survey as being the most-bingeable show of all.




15 – Game of Thrones also hit the top spot when it came to the TV show return that is most hotly anticipated.




16 – It also appears household disagreements on what to watch might be a thing of the past, with 15.84 million homes in the UK now having more than two TVs7.




17 – Size also matters, with Samsung research showing 40 inches was the average TV screen size globally in 2016




18 – 25% of TVs sold in 2016 had a 50 inch screen.




19 – 90% claim they would like a screen which is 60 inches big.




20 – To date, Samsung has sold 427 million televisions around the world.




21 – Which all makes for a lot of telly watching! Approximately eight years in our life time!8 Happy World Television Day!




1 Samsung survey conducted amongst 2000 adults in the UK by OnePoll, November 2017

2 http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/blue-planet-2-most-watched-tv-show-david-attenborough-a8042171.html

3 http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/state-of-origin-game-three-most-watched-show-of-2017-20170713-gxab63.html

4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-41236746

5 http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/the-crown-netflix-most-expensive-show-ever-matt-smith-a7392911.html

6 http://uk.businessinsider.com/most-watched-episodes-2016-9

7 According to BARB.

8 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4186598/How-time-spend-activities-lifetime.html


Source: UK Newsroom

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