Does the US Have More TV Sets or People?

There are more television sets than people in the United States. More than half of the homes in the U.S. have three or more TVs, and about a third have two sets — that's about 350 million sets. To put that in perspective, only 7,000 sets in total were sold from 1939-1941.

More facts about televisions:

  • The country with the most TV sets is China, which has more than 400 million sets — but only about a third of people in the country has a TV.

  • Out of a 65-year life, the average American will spend 9 years watching TV.

  • Among the most-watched global broadcasts in history are the 2010 FIFA World Cup, entertainer Michael Jackson's funeral and the funeral of Princess Diana, each of which were watched by about 2 billion people.

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