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Friday, December 23, 2011

Americans Viewed 7.2 Billion Video Ads in November

comScore released data showing that 183 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in November for an average of 20.5 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience viewed 40.9 billion videos.

Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in November with 151.6 million unique viewers, while VEVO ranked second with 55.4 million. Facebook.com ranked third with 50.8 million viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 50.4 million and Viacom Digital with 47.4 million.

More than 40 billion videos views occurred during the month, with Google Sites generating the highest number at 20.5 billion. The average viewer watched 20.5 hours of online video content, with Google Sites (7.4 hours) and Hulu (3.3 hours) demonstrating the highest engagement among the top ten properties.

Americans viewed 7.2 billion video ads in November, with Hulu generating the highest number of video ad impressions at more than 1.3 billion, followed by Tremor Video in second with 1.1 billion. Adap.tv crossed the 1 billion mark for the first time earning the #3 spot, followed by BrightRoll Video Network with 722 million and Specific Media with 513 million.

Time spent watching video ads totaled more than 3 billion minutes during the month, with Tremor Video delivering the highest duration of video ads at 594 million minutes. Video ads reached 53 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 45 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 44.

YouTube partner data revealed that video music channels VEVO (53.4 million viewers) and Warner Music (31.1 million viewers) maintained the top two positions. Gaming channel Machinima ranked third with 19.6 million viewers, followed by Schmooru with 12.4 million, Maker Studios with 9.3 million and disney jimmykimmel with 8.8 million.

Among the top 10 YouTube partners, VEVO demonstrated the highest engagement (71.1 minutes per viewer) and highest number of videos viewed (845 million), while Machinima exhibited the second highest engagement (68.5 minutes per viewer) and number of videos viewed (327 million).

Other findings from the November 2011 study include:
  • 85.9 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • The duration of the average online content video was 5.5 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  • Video ads accounted for 15.0 percent of all videos viewed and 1.3 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.