NEW YORK -- Televisions have taken over the average American home. How many people live in your home? Now another pop quiz: how many TVs do you have?
If you're like the average American, you have more TV sets in your home than you do people. Nielsen Media Research said the average home in the United States now has more television sets than people to sit down and watch them. The researchers said there are now 2.73 TV sets in the typical home, compared to just 2.55 people.
Nielsen said half of American homes now have three or more TVs, while only 19 percent have just one. In 1975, 57 percent of homes had only a single set.
And the increase in popularity in flat-screen TVs has made it easier to put sets where they haven't been before.
Nielsen also said more people are watching more television, as sets are turned on for more than eight hours a day in the average home. The average person watches for four hours and 35 minutes of television each day.