TV content proliferates in #PeakTV era

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 03:00 PM Written by 

We've written recently about #PeakTV, the phenomenon of an overwhelming amount of scripted TV content coming out via broadcast and cable networks and streaming services -- and, incidentally, why a guide to such content is more necessary than ever -- and how it continues to grow ever larger.

FX CEO John Landgraf coined the "peak TV" term in an address to TV critics in August, but it's been on his radar for more than a year and something I wrote about in May.

This summer Landgraf predicted a new high for the number of scripted shows and indeed it has come to pass.

Find out how many TV series there were in 2015 after the jump. ...

Drumroll please.....

Landgraf said there were 371 scripted series in 2014 and he expected that number to rise in 2015 and indeed it has to 409.

Here's the FX release:

 

 

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

LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2016 – Earlier this year when speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf spoke about the proliferation of scripted series television and “peak TV,” predicting that the number of scripted series would surpass the 400 mark, while also speculating that the number of scripted series would reach its apex either this year or in 2016. 

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).   

Dating back to 2002 when FX launched The Shield, basic cable’s first successful hit scripted drama series and also the first ever to win Emmy and Golden Globe awards, the greatest growth in the number of scripted series has come courtesy of basic cable networks with an incredible +484% increase over that span (181 vs. 31).

The combined total does not include reality, news, sports, made-for-television movies, specials, daytime or children’s programming.

 

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