Classical music crowd younger than late-night television audiences

Posted on: July 9, 2010

Thursday (7/8) on his blog The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross writes, “That’s what I conclude from today’s New York Times story about declining audiences for late-night talk shows such as The Tonight Show and The Late Show. Writes Bill Carter: ‘….[T]he median age of [Jay Leno’s] viewers has crept up to 55.6 from 46.6. Mr. Letterman’s audience is slightly younger, at 54.7.’ The latest findings by the League of American Orchestras, drawing on their own studies as well as the most recent NEA study of arts participation, indicate that the median age for the classical audience is forty-nine. In fact, that’s younger than the median age of the entire prime-time television public.”

Posted July 9, 2010