Three hours and 28 minutes... how long Irish adults spend watching TV each day

Procter & Gamble was the top television advertiser in 2014, ahead of Sky and Unilever

The nation's fondness for watching television continued unabated in 2014, with figures compiled by Nielsen for industry ratings body Tam Ireland suggesting Irish adults aged 15 or older watched the small screen for an average of three hours and 28 minutes each day.

This figure is unchanged on 2013. Some 90 per cent (three hours and nine minutes) of this viewing time was spent watching live (linear) television channels, while the remainder (19 minutes) was time-shifted – in other words, programmes that were recorded and watched later.

The figure of three hours and 28 minutes does not include time spent watching DVDs, online catch-up players or so-called "over-the-top" services such as Netflix.

Meanwhile, personal care and household goods company Procter & Gamble Ireland – which counts Pampers, Gillette and Always among its brands – was the top television advertiser again last year, followed by Sky, Unilever, Diageo and Reckitt Benckiser.


Lidl Ireland, L'Oréal, Aldi, UPC and McDonald's completed the top 10. Three of the companies that featured in the 2013 top 10 dropped out of it last year: Kellogg's, Eircom and the Road Safety Authority.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery is an Irish Times journalist writing about media, advertising and other business topics