ComScore: 100 million YouTube viewers in October

Online video is really taking off, according to stats firm ComScore. Not that we should be particularly surprised by that assertion. But the leader in the space, Google’s YouTube, during October pulled in 100 million viewers in the U.S. for a market share of almost 40 percent.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10120027-93.htmlYouTube Attracts 100 Million U.S. Online Video Viewers in October 2008 [news release]
comScore released October 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, reporting that U.S. Internet users viewed 13.5 billion online videos during the month, representing an increase of 45 percent versus year ago.Hulu Moves Up to #6 in RankingsIn October, Google Sites once again ranked as the top U.S. video property with nearly 5.4 billion videos viewed (representing a 40 percent share of all videos viewed), with YouTube.com accounting for more than 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property. Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 520 million videos (3.8 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 363 million (2.7 percent), and Viacom Digital with 305 million (2.3 percent). Hulu, a joint venture of NBC and Fox featuring full-length broadcast TV programs, ranked sixth with 235 million videos viewed (1.7 percent).Google Sites Draws 100 Million Video Viewers in OctoberMore than 147 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 92 videos per viewer in October. Google Sites attracted a record 100 million online video viewers, or more than two out of every three Internet users who watched video during the month. Fox Interactive ranked second with 60.8 million viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites (45.2 million) and Microsoft Sites (30.7 million).Other notable findings from October 2008 include:

  • 77 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • The average online video viewer watched 274 minutes of video.
  • More than 80 percent of the 18-34 year olds watched online video, higher than any other age segment. The average 18-34 year old online video viewer watched 4.8 hours of video during the month, also ranking above all other age segments.
  • 99.5 million viewers watched 5.3 billion videos on YouTube.com (53.2 videos per viewer).
  • 51.2 million viewers watched 520 million videos on MySpace.com (8.0 videos per viewer).
  • The duration of the average online video was 3.0 minutes.
  • The duration of the average online video viewed at Hulu was 11.6 minutes, higher than any other video property in the top ten.

This news release, along with tables, is available from www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=2616.

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