ICYMI – How Many TV Series Were Available To Watch In 2015?
The Total Number of Scripted Series in a Year of “Peak TV” Sets New High with 409 Scripted Drama, Comedy and Limited Series Across Broadcast Networks, Basic And Pay Cable Nets, and OTT Services
According to Julie Piepenkotter, Executive Vice President of Research for FX Networks, the combined total of scripted series on broadcast networks, basic and pay cable networks, and OTT services was 409.
Piepenkotter said, “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. 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 total number of scripted series in 2015 posted an increase of +9% over 2014 (409 vs. 376). Since 2009, the number of scripted series has increased +94%, rising from 211 to 409, with a +174% growth in scripted series on basic cable (181 vs. 66).
The combined total does not include reality, news, sports, made-for-television movies, specials, daytime or children’s programming.
*OTT is Over The Top content. Internet content from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other online services.