It’s a phenomenon known as the “cliver TV download,” in which Americans tune in to only one or two TV shows a month.
According to a new survey by Pew Research Center, it’s more than twice as common for those people to watch only one TV show a week than it is to watch six or more.
The survey found that about 2 percent of people ages 18 to 29 watch fewer than five TV shows per month.
At the same time, the survey found, about 6 percent of those same people watch more than five shows per year.
Pew also found that 18-to-29-year-olds are about twice as likely as other Americans to watch more TV than six times per year — an almost 50 percent difference.
But while younger people are more likely to watch TV than older people, Pew also found older people are much more likely than younger people to be content with only one television show per month, even though they watch more shows per day than younger Americans.
For example, about 20 percent of adults ages 65 and older watched only one show per week in 2016.
By contrast, about 18 percent of 18- to 29-year olds watched only six or less TV shows in 2016, compared with 10 percent of 30- to 34-year old adults.
“The cliver TV downloading phenomenon has created a lot of buzz in recent years,” said Sarah Wurzer, director of Pew Research’s media and entertainment project.
This trend is not unique to cable television.
Many TV shows are also available on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and HBO Go.