Almost 60% of Americans say they get their news from the idiot box, far more than any other medium, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
Online comes second at 38%, followed by radio with 25% and something called "print newspapers" at 20%.
TV's sizable lead is due almost entirely to its popularity among older demographics.
Americans aged 50 and above still heavily favor TV, with those older than 65 also still really into newspapers.
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UNITED KINGDOM : John Logie Baird (1888-1946), the television pioneer, with his 240 line television set, 1935. Baird is pointing at the set on the day the Alexandra Palace trials were announced. After a serious illness in 1922, Baird devoted himself to experimentation and developed a crude TV apparatus, able to transmit a picture and receive it over a range of a few feet. The first real demonstration was within two attic rooms in Soho, London, in early 1926, and by 1927 he had managed to transmit pictures by telephone line from London to Glasgow. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: The B16T was Pye's first post-war television set, and sold at Â£35.09d. Pye were the only company to offer a new design of TV in time for the re-start of television in the UK after the war. The other sets available at the time (and there were very few of them) were all pre-war design (sometimes put in a different cabinet to make them look new). As early as 1941 Pye had a theoretical design for a post-war television using a new type of valve which formed the heart of the UKs wartime radar receivers and in 1943 members of their radar team discreetly began work on a post-war television. This work gave Pye a development lead over other manufacturers, enabling them not only to be the only manufacturer able to offer an all-new television design (the model B16T) but also release it a full two months before regular transmissions resumed. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Irwin Cochen is shown looking over the Hampshire Model Du Mont Deluxe television receiver on Oct. 11, 1946 in New York. It has a twenty inch direct view tube which serves as the screen itself. The screen itself is retractable. (AP Photo)
1950: An advertisement for a Motorola television set. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
1953: An early domestic television set. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 19: Advertising for a Philips television set, 50's (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) A couple sit in front of a television set- 1956 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Bruce Gyngell ... made Australian history by delivering the first TV broadcast on 16 September 1956. AGE FILE PIC Pub 24-02-1969 Neg No G2657. Celebrating 40 years of television. Eric Pearce's face on television set (This picture was used as part of a digitally enhanced image published in Metro, page 1, on 17/9/96). (This picture was used as part of a digitally enhanced image published in News, page 3 on 05-10-2000 re. news ratings) ***FDCTRANSFER*** (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: This dual standard 405/625 line television set with a 12 inch screen was one of the first truly portable television sets. It was produced in the early 1960s during the boom-time for television. Manufacturing techniques were more advanced than ever before, meaning even cheaper television sets for many families who now also had higher incomes. By 1963 there were more than 15 million sets in Britain. The Philips Company was founded in 1891 by a Dutchman, Gerard Philips, to manufacture lightbulbs. In the early 1900s the company expanded its research into other areas of electronics, including the development of radio, and later television. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
circa 1965: Still-life of a home television set with a turntable and speakers built into the wooden cabinet. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A tape recorder that lets any television set owner record a program at home and then see it again on his own TV set later, is displayed at a International Milan Trade Fair in Italy on April 29, 1965. The new recorder, built by a Dutch company (Philips), is about the size of a regular TV set and sells for $2,600. Like any tape recorder, the recordings can be erased and the tape then used again for other recordings. (AP Photo)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: The MX 1500 was a portable, remote-controlled colour TV. It used a newly-developed 39cm flat-square picture tube fitted with a special contrast screen to ensure ï¿½superior picture quality, lifelike colours and the sharpest contrast - even in broad daylightï¿½. The advertisers called it a ï¿½personal TVï¿½ and emphasised the fact that you could pick up the 12.5kg set and move it around the house easily. Even the viewing angle could be adjusted to suit your own personal preferences - it was designed so that it could be tilted when placed low down on the floor for example. The Beovision MX 1500 came in four colours - red, black, silver-grey and white. It had built-in teletext (as an optional extra) and, unusually for the time, connections for video and tape recorder, earphones, PC and TV games. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 23: Typical of TV sets throughout the 1980s and 1990s, this landmark set, presented to the Museum in 1993, is a Philips' colour television set containing their 200 millionth colour tube. Although larger screens became available and the shape of the screens began to change with the introduction of widescreen, the technology of the cathode ray tube had now been around for 100 years. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Yukari Miyashita, a PR staff of Sanyo Electric Co., tries on a pair of 3-D glasses and watch a three-dimentional dinosaur on the worldâs first of the kind TV set on Wednesday, July 26, 1995. The TV set is able to play any TV or video programs in both 2-D and 3-D modes by a built-in converter which separates two-dimentional video images into right-side and left-side. Sanyo started marketing the TV from this month in Japanese market only at 380,000 yen ($4,318) per unit. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
TALLAHASSEE, UNITED STATES: US Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore and running mate Joseph Lieberman appear on a television set up next to a podium in the press conference room 21 November 2000, at the State Capital in Tallahassee, Florida. Moments later, former Secretary of State James Baker spoke on behalf of Republican George W. Bush's campaign, followed by Gore campaign lawyers David Boies and Dexter Douglass. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
KAJANG, MALAYSIA: A worker prepares colour television sets on a production line at Japanese giant Sony Corp.'s Malaysian factory in Kajang, 02 October 2000. Sony announced plans to invest more than 10 million USD in its plant here in the year ending next March and said Malaysia is now its top world centre for colour TV production. AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI (Photo credit should read JIMIN LAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Beijing, CHINA: A Chinese woman hired to promote South Korea's electronic giant LG products stands by a giant plasma screen TV set of the company at an hi-tech fair in Beijing, 23 May 2006. China is planning to give all its citizens access to digital cable television by 2015, as according to government statistics, by end of 2005, China had 2,548 radio and TV stations, 126 million cable TV subscribers and 900 million regular television viewers. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: A view of atmosphere during Entertainment Weekly's first ever 'EW Fest' presented by LG OLED TV on October 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
LG Electronics' smart TV platform, webOS 2.0, is shown at the 2015 International CES on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for LG/AP Images)
Japan's electronics giant Toshiba displays the company's 4K television 'Regza' sets at the preview of the Ceatec electronics trade show in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on September 30, 2013. Toshiba said it would shut or sell two of its three wholly-owned overseas television plants in the next six months, shedding 2,000 jobs. The company, which has already ceased domestic production of television sets, said it will 'integrate' its manufacturing facilities in China, Indonesia and Poland by the end of March 2014. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
TV and digital news are in a close competition for people aged 30-49, with online outlets narrowly edging out the boob tube.
For the youngest of those surveyed, online is far more ahead of everything else.
Those younger news consumers are also heavily into their smartphones.
"Fully seven-in-ten of those ages 18-29 either prefer or only use mobile for getting their digital news, compared with 53% of those 30-49, 29% of those 50-64 and just 16% of those 65+," the study stated.
As for that online news, it's not terribly trusted — especially when it comes from social media.
Only 4% of those polled said they have "a lot" of trust in news from social media.
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