100% stacked bar chart of US television viewing divided among cable, broadcast and streaming and a breakdown of streaming by services.

TV and Streaming Snapshot

Streaming made up 28% of total television watching, placing it between cable and broadcast. Netflix was the most watched streaming service. The data are presented in a 100% stacked bar chart with exploding column. Nielsen collects this data for the US monthly and it is available here.

Streaming and Television Watching in a 100% Stacked Bar Chart with Exploding Bar

100% stacked bar chart of US television viewing divided among cable, broadcast and streaming and a breakdown of streaming by services.

Why Use a 100% Stacked Bar Chart for Streaming and Television Watching Snapshot

The 100% stacked bar chart lets me split tv watching into four parts. The exploding bar allows me to drill into the streaming segment. It is a more compact and efficient way to show this than a pie or doughnut chart. The relative segment sizes are also easily comparable. than in a pie or doughnut chart. 

How I Made this 100% Stacked Bar Chart with Exploding Bar

The streaming and television watching data is presented below:

100% stacked bar chart of US television viewing divided among cable, broadcast and streaming and a breakdown of streaming by services.

Here's how I made the horizontal bar chart with data column:

  • create a 100% stacked bar chart in PowerPoint
  • enter the Nielsen data into the Mekko Graphics Data Editor as above, using the omega button in the data editor to add the superscripts
  • show segment labels and values
  • format values as percentages
  • hide bar totals
  • add x axis label and use it to show the superscript explanations
  • set custom series order
  • hide y axis and x axis line
  • add segment links to indicate exploding bar
  • adjust internal chart margins and bar gaps
  • change series colors

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