The typical American watches just 17 channels. Granted, if you’re of a certain age, 17 channels probably seems like a lot. In fact, it probably IS a lot. Time marches on, though, and approximately nineteen thousand channels now exist to beam comedy, drama, and cat footage directly into your eyeballs.
I ran through my own list and came up with 19. I counted cable network “families”—History and H2, for example—just once, and only counted a network if I consistently watch at least one series on it (sorry, Bravo). Your mileage may vary, especially if you are into sports or whatever it is all those ESPN channels are for.
It’s a little disconcerting, because I consider myself a pretty informed entertainment consumer. Yet statistics prove
that you’ve one birthday that I’m barely above average.