Television in the United States

Television is one of the major mass media outlets in the United States. As of 2011, household ownership of television sets in the country is 96.7%,[1] with approximately 114,200,000 American households owning at least one television set as of August 2013.[2] The majority of households have more than one set. The peak ownership percentage of households with at least one television set occurred during the 1996–97 season, with 98.4% ownership.[3] In 1948, 1 percent of U.S. households owned at least one television while 75 percent did by 1955,[4] and by 1992, 60 percent of all U.S. households received cable television subscriptions.[5]

As a whole, the television networks that broadcast in the United States are the largest and most distributed in the world, and programs produced specifically for US-based networks are the most widely syndicated internationally.[6] Due to a recent surge in the number and popularity of critically acclaimed television series during the 2000s and the 2010s to date, many critics have said that American television had entered a modern golden age around the beginning of the 21st century;[7][8] whether that golden age has ended or is ongoing in the early 2020s is disputed.[9]

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