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New 2024 Nielsen Report: Asian American Audiences Spend Nearly Equal Time on TV and Smartphone

4 minute read | May 2024

Study reveals Asian Americans are spending 31% of their viewing time on ad-supported platforms, more than the total population

NEW YORK – May 1, 2024 Nielsen, a global leader in audience measurement, data, and analytics, releases their latest Diverse Intelligence Series report to kick-off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The report titled, Reaching Asian American Audiences: Understanding Asian Influence and Media Consumption, highlights that Asian Americans are spending nearly equal time watching  content on their TVs and smartphones.

While streaming is undoubtedly the leading platform to connect with Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) audiences, the use of devices widely varies. The report shows that AANHPI audiences are spending nearly the same amount of time tuning into content on the TV screen and smartphone screen — approximately 17 hours per week on each screen. Viewership of TV-connected devices outpaces traditional live TV by more than an hour and a half a week. 

Additionally, Asian Americans are continuing to grow as a key audience for advertisers investing in ad-supported streaming platforms. In 2023, Asian Americans spent 31% of their viewing time on ad-supported video on-demand (AVOD) streaming platforms, compared to the 27% of the total population. Combined with the fact that Asian American viewers spend nearly 10% more time streaming content in general when compared to the total population, indicating that brands should take a cross-media approach to engaging this group.

“As the media landscape continues to evolve, so will Asian media viewership—especially when you consider the diversity of the AANHPI diaspora community,” says Patricia Ratulangi, Vice President of Global Communications for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Nielsen. “In a time of splintering media attention, divided voices and an ever-growing number of platforms to choose from, reaching the Asian American community requires a deeper understanding of our diverse experiences and perspectives.” 

The rise of Asian representation on screen, reaching 10.9% in 2023, may be a contributing factor to this viewing trend. And while this certainly influences the growing number of Asian American people watching ad-supported streaming, Asian-inclusive content is also impacting the total minutes streamed by all U.S. audiences – with series like Beef racking up over 5.8 billion minutes watched in 2023. 

“Representation continues to be a key component in building audience trust,” says Jeremy Tran, Executive Director and COO of Gold House. “We’re proud to partner with Nielsen to help advance the measurement and understanding of critical narratives that impact Asian American audience trust in TV, Film, and News media. Through our continued collaboration, we aim to empower diverse voices and stories that resonate authentically with our communities.”

Diving deeper, the report highlights the increasing importance of non-subscription news media as a valuable connection point for reaching AANHPI audiences, who make up the fastest-growing group of eligible voters in the United States. As we head into a new election year, the power of news media will greatly influence Asian American viewers, with 78% of the audience consuming news at least once a day and showing a 34% higher likelihood to trust in the accuracy of news programs.

While Asian Americans may show greater trust in news media compared to the total population, various news narratives are influencing different age groups within the segment. The Gold House perceptions survey conducted with Nielsen, highlights that 72% of Asian Americans aged 65+ are more inclined to engage with stories that report on geopolitical tensions and anti-Asian hate, whereas narratives surrounding affirmative action and immigration resonate more with Asian American millennial and Gen Z audiences. These insights emphasize the importance of tailoring news content to address the diverse concerns of Asian American audiences, particularly with young voters (avg. age of 35.7) in the 2024 Elections.

Other key highlights in the 2024 report include:

Download the 2024 report Reaching Asian American Audiences: Understanding Asian Influence and Media Consumptionfor more details and insights. Please visit www.nielsen.com/asian-american to learn more. Join the discussion on Facebook (Nielsen DiversityEquityAndInclusion) and follow us on Twitter (@Nielsen_DEI).

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Gold House powers and propels Asian Pacific communities across every corner of culture to build a tomorrow for all. Through a suite of innovative programs, the leading platform unites, promotes, and invests in Asian Pacific creatives and companies. To learn more, visit www.goldhouse.org or follow @GoldHouseCo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Patricia Ratulangi
Nielsen
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