(from Magid Morning Facts Email)
A total of 409 scripted TV series (drama, comedy, and limited) aired on all broadcast, cable, streaming and OTT services in 2015, according to Julie Piepenkotter, executive vice president of research for FX Networks. (Excluded from the tally: reality, news, sports, made-for-television movies, specials, daytime and children’s programming.)
Even if you binge-watched one scripted season every day of the year, you wouldn’t be able to get through all the available content.
“The unprecedented increase in the number of scripted series has reached a new milestone in 2015 with a record 409, nearly doubling the total in just the past six years,” said Piepenkotter in a statement. “This was the third consecutive year that scripted series count has grown across each distribution platform — broadcast, basic and pay cable, streaming — led by significant gains in basic cable and digital services. This statistic is staggering and almost unimaginable from where they were a decade ago.”
The number represents a 9 percent increase over 2014, which had 376 scripted series, and a staggering 94 percent jump since 2009 (211). During that six-year period, the number of scripted series on basic cable has jumped 174 percent from 66 to 181.
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