Differences in How Women, Men Consume Online Video; New Primetime Online

February 14, 2008

This article is included in these additional categories:

Media & Entertainment | Men | Women | Youth & Gen X

Men and women consume online video differently, and a new primetime has emerged online, according to (pdf) findings from Nielsen Online‘s initial full release of its new VideoCensus syndicated measurement service.

Below, some of those findings.

Women vs. Men

Women lead online network TV viewing, whereas men are drawn to consumer-generated media (CGM), Nielsen’s data for December ’07 found:


  • Video streams at broadcast network TV websites were nearly two times more likely to be viewed by women age 18-34 than men; those demos accounted for 22% and 12% of streams, respectively.
  • For the top four CGM websites, streams were two-and-a-half times more likely to be viewed by men 18-34 than women; those demos accounted for 27% and 11% of streams, respectively.

Network TV Viewer Loyalty

Among network TV websites, there was relatively low viewer overlap:


Among CGM websites, however, most viewers also watched video content on YouTube:


“Network websites are destinations for fans to deepen their experience – they go to see favorite scenes, episodes and outtakes. These viewers are very loyal and engaged and the website is a place to become immersed in the program,” said Michael Pond, media analyst, Nielsen Online.

“With shorter clips and a viral nature, CGM websites are much more about discovery, and consumers are likely to view content on more than one.”

New Primetime Online

“[T]he largest appetite for streaming broadcast content is during the noontime hours, when viewers take a break from work to catch up on the shows they enjoy,” said Pond.

  • Streaming activity at the top network TV websites over-indexed during the weekday lunchtime hours of 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.


  • At CGM websites, the most popular time for viewing was during late night hours on the weekend, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

“Primetime visitors to network websites primarily enhance their TV viewing experience with features like online voting, web-only promotions and other program specific content, although there is some interest in streaming network content during the evening as well,” Pond said.

US Video Consumption Metrics (Excludes Video Advertising)

The No. 1 video site in December was YouTube, with 2.6 billion streams during the month, followed by Yahoo with 371.9 million streams and Fox Interactive Media with 364.1 million streams.


  • 116.7 million unique viewers, or 73% of active web users, watched approximately 6.2 billion video streams in December 2007.
  • On average, each viewer spent nearly two hours and 10 minutes watching online video content in December.
  • Each viewer on average watched nearly 54 video streams during the month.

Top 10 online video kids, games & toys destinations:


About VideoCensus: Nielsen Online’s VideoCensus is a syndicated online video measurement service that combines patented panel and census research methodologies to provide a count of viewing activity and engagement along with demographic reporting.

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