Russian television providers are streaming more American shows than Americans, according to new research from analytics company CQ-Roll Call.CQ-roll call, a provider of analytics for media companies, found that Russians streamed more American television programs than they did European shows during the first quarter of 2017.
In total, Russia’s RT channel was streaming more U.S. shows than it did Russian programs, with some Russian channels airing shows that are only available in the United States.
The results show how the relationship between Russia and the United Kingdom has developed over the past decade, CQ said.
During the 1990s, Russian-made Russian television was viewed by Russians as a counterweight to Western propaganda.
In recent years, RT has grown to become the most popular channel in Russia, overtaking PBS as the largest provider of U.K.-language programming.RT is a Russian news and opinion channel that is owned by the state-run broadcaster Rossiya Segodnya.
RT has been criticized by some Western governments for its pro-Kremlin agenda and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Cq-roll count for the first three months of 2017 showed RT’s audience grew by 14 percent to 1.07 billion viewers.
The channel’s viewership dropped by 9 percent to 835 million viewers in the fourth quarter.
The report does not give a breakdown of viewership for other Russian media.