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Coronavirus TV and movie viewing: popular genres U.S. 2020, by age group

A survey revealed that comedy was by far the most popular TV and movie genre among U.S. adults who responded to a survey held in March 2020, with 21 percent saying that they had watched comedy content the most since it was recommended to stay away from public gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak. By comparison, just six percent of respondents were watching horror movies or TV shows, though 12 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds cited horror as the genre they'd most watched in recent weeks.

Coronavirus and TV and movie viewing: most watched movie and television genres in the United States as of March 2020, by age group

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 19 to 21, 2020

Number of respondents

1,746 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Question: Of the following, which genre of movies and TV shows have you watched the most since health expert guidance recommended staying away from public gatherings in March 2020?

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