Percentage of Americans surveyed in May 2010 who said they consider the TV set to be a necessity:

42%
According to a survey of 2,967 adults taken in May 2010 by the Pew Research Center, 52% of Americans said their television was a necessity in 2009, while 64% said so in 2006.
Source: USA Today, 8/19/2010

 
   
  Most satellite dishes owned by a single person in South Korea:

85
Lee Si-kap, a South Korean farmer, owned 85 satellite dishes in 2009. The satellites blanketed the walls, roof, and yard of his house but allowed Lee to receive over 1,500 television channels from more than 100 countries.
Source: New York Times, 6/30/2009

 
   
  Percentage of Comedy Central viewers who were Republicans in 2008-9:

28.8%

Source: New York Times, 11/2/2009

 
   
  Percentage of Fox News viewers who were Republicans in 2004-5:

51

Source: New York Times, 11/2/2009