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Coronavirus Media Impact on Television Viewing

Consumers are making significant changes to the way they interact with television in these changes times. Audiences have increasingly turned to local news stations to learn about the impact of Coronavirus on local communities. This includes needed answers such as elderly shopping hours, locations and availability of testing facilities, and information on rapidly changing situations. Local news stations also provide a platform for focusing on the good in our communities as well as a connection with local newscasters who maintain visibility in person during difficult times   In the top 25 television markets, viewership has grown dramatically year-over-year: 33% increase from March 2019 to March 2020.  The largest increase in viewership has been in the Adult 18-34 demographic (38%), followed by Adults 35-54 (35%) and by Adults 50+ (29%).   Viewing habits are shifting to increased time spent on daytime and early fringe dayparts now that the working population is spending time...