Over the course of a year, 79 percent of all U.S. television households – and nearly 200 million people – watch PBS member stations. Americans also stream an average of nearly 219 million videos across PBS’ web, mobile and
device platforms each month.
PBS LearningMedia offers pre-K through 12th grade educators free access to thousands of classroom-ready resources aligned to state and national standards.
Each month, more than one million unique users visit PBS LearningMedia to enhance their teaching practice and support student learning.
PBS and member stations are a leader in educational media for children and students and a key partner with parents and educators across America. Through support materials for caregivers and educators,
PBS ensures that tools are available to help build key skills and reinforce learning from the early years and beyond.
PBS Ranks #6 Among All Broadcast and Cable Networks
During the 2016-17 season, PBS ranked as the #6 broadcast and cable network for primetime household rating. PBS’ primetime household audience is
significantly larger than many commercial channels, including A&E (PBS’ audience is 135% larger), TLC (122%), Bravo (126%), Discovery Channel (70%) and HGTV (39%).
A recent study confirms that parents overwhelmingly agree no other media brand meets their children’s school readiness needs like PBS KIDS. The study also found that nine in 10 parents are likely to use PBS KIDS
resources for school preparedness and three-quarters say their child exhibits more positive behavior after engaging with PBS.
PBS’ commitment to use media for the public good has earned the trust and respect of the American people. For the 14th consecutive year, the American public has rated PBS the most trustworthy institution
among nationally known organizations. Parents have also named PBS the most educational media brand, significantly outscoring cable and commercial broadcast television networks.
PBS and member stations are a partner in the public media initiative, “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen.” The program, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, brings public media together with
key community stakeholders to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.
Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Ready To Learn Initiative has produced and disseminated a collection of
evidence-based educational media and resources proven to advance the school readiness skills of young children, particularly those in low-income communities.