The Duality of Structure in China’s National Television Market: A Network Analysis of Audience Behavior
Yuan, Elaine J.
Ksiazek, Thomas B.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
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This study adapts Giddens’ structuration theory to assess audience agency and its relationship with media structures. It employs network analysis to examine the co-evolution of audience duplication patterns and elements of media structure in China’s national television market. The findings reveal that Chinese audiences tend to gravitate to channels with greater market share, higher household penetration rates, and more drama programming. Furthermore, channels tend to adjust their levels of drama programming relative to patterns of audience duplication in the long run. Finally, there was evidence of higher-order patterns of audience behavior, suggesting the existence of channel repertoires, and market concentration.