Swiss people use radio and TV services for 232 minutes every day

In the first half of 2021, linear radio reached more than three quarters and linear and time-shifted TV a good two thirds of the population aged 15 and over resident in Switzerland on an average day, as the usage data from Mediapulse shows. On average, an adult person spent 232 minutes per day using radio or TV services.

Between January and June 2021, 67% of the Swiss resident population aged 15 and over switched on their television set each day to watch the programs offered by the TV stations. At 74%, the figure is higher in Italian-speaking Switzerland than in the other two language regions (German-speaking Switzerland 66%, French-speaking Switzerland 67%).

The same applies to the length of time a person spends watching TV. This adds up to an average of 144 minutes per day in the country, but 185 minutes in the Italian-speaking part of the country.

Radio with high range

With a daily reach of 77%, the medium of radio reaches a significantly larger audience than television in the same period. Here too, the leader is Svizzera italiana, where 81% of the adult population listen to a linear radio programme per day via FM, DAB or the internet, followed by German-speaking Switzerland with 78% and Suisse Romande with 74% reach.

However, if we look at daily viewing time per person, which is 88 minutes in Switzerland as a whole, German-speaking Switzerland takes the top spot with 93 minutes, ahead of Italian-speaking Switzerland with 86 minutes and French-speaking Switzerland with 73 minutes.

Changed use due to the pandemic

The outbreak of the pandemic in spring 2020 had not only given television more viewers, but also longer usage times. The current figures show that this level could not quite be maintained. Compared to the first semester of the previous year, TV reach is down one percentage point from 68 to 67 percent and daily viewing time is down one minute from 145 to 144 minutes.

Under pandemic conditions, radio had slightly lost reach in spring 2020 due to the elimination or restriction of relevant usage situations, but at the same time gained in usage time. One year later, the trend in reach continues with a decline of one percentage point compared to the previous year's semester.

At the same time, it was not possible to stabilize the increase in usage time, which fell again from 92 to 88 minutes in a semester comparison.

For methodological and research economics reasons, the Mediapulse survey systems do not record the use of radio and TV programmes in all details, which is why the figures presented tend to underestimate the use of radio and TV content. For example, TV usage in public places - such as public viewing - and via mobile devices is not recorded. In the case of radio use, the time-shifted use of radio programmes and radio use via headphones are not taken into account.

Second Quarterly Report Streaming Data

In addition to measuring TV usage, Mediapulse has been able to quantify the reach and usage volume of international video and streaming offerings within TV households since the beginning of 2021.

Both the report on the first quarter of 2021 and the second quarterly report now published can show that moving image usage in Swiss households is still dominated by the offerings of TV broadcasters. Among the non-TV platforms considered, only YouTube and Netflix can rely on a stable daily user base so far.

The report for the second quarter of 2021 now also includes TV usage on small screens for the first time, i.e. linear and time-shifted usage of TV channels via Blue TV Air, UPC, Quickline, Teleboy, Wilmaa and Zattoo on computers, tablets and smartphones.

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