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Who is Most Susceptible to Ads on Local TV News Channels?

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Not all consumers watch the local news on TV at the same rate. Younger Americans, for example, pay very little attention to local news, and when they do, they’ll likely access it digitally. However, there are a few demographic groups who never miss the local news. If your clients are targeting these consumers, they should be buying ads on local TV news programming.

According to a study by Pew Research Center, older Americans, black adults and consumers who have, at most, a high school degree are local TV news’ most avid viewers.

Older Americans

Pew found that 42% of consumers over the age of 65 and 38% of those ages 50 to 64 follow local news very closely. Additionally, 51% of both age groups prefer to get their local news from watching television. This could be the result of life-long habits.

Black American Adults

46% of black adults follow their local news very closely, with 59% doing so via their TVs. Black American adults value the local news because they feel that 73% of the top 11 topics covered by the news are important to their lives. The top three topics that are important to this demographic include weather, crime and prices. The topics that are more important to black American adults than white or Hispanic Americans include jobs and unemployment, community activities, sports and restaurants, clubs and bars.

Americans with High School Diplomas or Less

Americans who have a high school education or less also value local TV news, with 36% following this media very closely and 52% preferring to catch up on the latest news via TV. Even though this demographic values the local news, they don’t often feel well represented. Only 48% say the local news media mostly covers the areas they live in and 43% don’t feel like local journalists are in touch with the community.

Even though Americans with a high school education or less don’t feel represented well by the news they value, they can feel represented in the TV commercials they see while watching. Additionally, local community event organizers, sports teams and restaurants can make the most of TV commercials on their local news. Last year, according to AudienceSCAN on AdMall by SalesFuel, 61.8% of Local Evening News Watchers and 64.9% of Local Late Night News Watchers took action after seeing TV commercials. More information on these viewers’ spending habits, lifestyles and effective marketing tactics can be found on their audience profiles.

Rachel Cagle

Rachel Cagle

Rachel is a Research Analyst, specializing in audience intelligence, at SalesFuel. She also helps to maintain the major accounts and co-op intelligence databases. As the holder of a Bachelors degree in English from The Ohio State University, Rachel helps the rest of the SalesFuel team with their writing needs.