ComScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 181.9 million Americans watched 38.8 billion online content videos in April, while the number of video ad views reached an all-time high at 13.2 billion.
Top 10 Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers
Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in April with 154.6 million unique viewers, followed by Facebook with 627 million, VEVO with 52.9 million, NDN with 45.3 million, and Yahoo! Sites with 45.1 million. Nearly 39 billion video content views occurred during the month, with Google Sites generating the highest number at 13.0 billion and Facebook reaching an all-time high once again with 740.8 million. Google Sites had the highest average engagement among the top ten properties.
Top 10 Video Ad Properties by Video Ads Viewed
Americans viewed a record 13.3 billion video ads in April, with Google Sites ranking first with 2.4 billion ads. BrightRoll Platform came in second with 2.2 billion, followed by LiveRail.com with 1.7 billion, Adap.tv with 1.5 billion and Hulu with 1.4 billion. Time spent watching video ads totaled 5.1 billion minutes, with BrightRoll Platform delivering the highest duration of video ads at 1.1 billion minutes. Video ads reached 53 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 82 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 63.
Other notable findings from April 2013 include:
- 84.7 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
- The duration of the average online content video was 5.6 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
- Video ads accounted for 25.5 percent of all videos viewed and 2.3 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.
Consumers watched 13.2 billion online video ads last month, reaching an all-time high, according to a new report by comScore.
Data from the comScore Video Metrix also showed that over 180 million Americans watched almost 40 billion online content videos in April.
Google Sites came in as the number one online video content property, primarily driven by video consumption on YouTube, with 154.6 million unique viewers in April. Google was followed by Facebook with 627 million, VEVO with 52.9 million, NDN with 45.3 million, and Yahoo Sites with 45.1 million.
Consumers watched 5.1 billion minutes of video ads in April and video ads reached 53 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 82 times during the month. Over two billion video ads were seen on the Google Sites platform. The BrightRoll platform came in second with 2.2 billion. LiveRail, Adap.tv, and Hulu rounded out the top five, with Hulu delivering the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 63.
Google Sites also garnered the highest frequency of ad views for the month. Consumers saw an average of 23 ads in April. BrightRoll platform came in second with 14 ad views.
Video music channel VEVO held the top position in the ranking of unique video viewers with 51.7 million viewers. Fullscreen came in second with 37.4 million viewers, followed by Maker Studios Inc. with 33.8 million, Warner Music with 32.2 million, and ZEFR with 28.1 million.
According to comScore’s study, 84.7 percent of the U.S. population saw an online video in April. The average length of an online video was reported to be 5.6 minutes long, while the average length of an online video ad was found to be 0.4 minutes. Video ads accounted for 25.5 percent of all videos viewed and 2.3 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.
This week, advertisers will sit down with the broadcast TV networks and hash out their “upfront” ad buying deals for the year.
The talks are one of advertising’s huge, dramatic set-pieces. As Ad Age describes it, “possibly as few as 40 people from the networks, agencies and brands will go into backrooms and decide how $9 billion of the $62 billion U.S. TV ad market will be spent next year.”
Networks are expecting, again, to see TV ad spending rise. CBS chief Les Moonves is bullish, and analysts expect the network may get 7-9% price increases. Some believe more than $10 billion will get spent.
Oddly, the networks want those increases even as the viewing audience itself dwindles. Goldman Sachs estimates that 17% of the 18-to-49-year-old demographic simply stopped watching broadcast TV in winter 2012-2013, the New York Times notes.
On its face, this doesn’t make sense: Why would advertisers pay more to get less?
The usual explanation is to do with supply and demand. Although TV’s numbers may be dwindling, it still has a massive audience. And with the fragmentation of the audience across thousands of different online and digital venues, there remain very few vehicles who can reliably deliver eyeballs in the millions, night after night. The supply of big audiences is getting smaller, in other words, and thus prices increase.
But there are signs that this won’t last, and that broadcast TV may be facing a crisis. The Times said:
“The networks are getting picked at from every direction,” said Jessica Reif Cohen, the senior media analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “This year was the tipping point,” she said, “when the television ratings really fell apart.”
Put that together with competition from Aereo, which reroutes free, over-the-air broadcast signals onto computers and iPads where people can watch TV without paying for cable. News Corp. has already said it will stop broadcasting Fox TV, and go cable-only, if it cannot extract transmission fees from Aereo. (Most people watch “broadcast” TV on cable or satellite, where stations get fees from subscribers.)
It’s not just Aereo of course. It’s Hulu and YouTube and Netflix and a hundred other alternatives to watching TV.
Think about that: The model is so broken that a major broadcaster has threatened to stop broadcasting in order to save itself.
It begs the question: With declining audiences, and dozens of new ways to watch shows without paying for cable, how long with these $10 billion meetings last?