Peak TV is again. After a dip in 2020 — the primary decline since FX started tallying the variety of scripted sequence yearly — the variety of authentic scripted sequence on tv as soon as once more hit a report in 2021.
According to FX Research, which has been counting the variety of exhibits on TV because it received into the scripted recreation with “The Shield” in 2002, there have been 559 grownup scripted authentic sequence throughout broadcast, cable and streaming companies final 12 months. That’s up a whopping 66 from 2020 (a 13 p.c change), when there have been 493 exhibits. The earlier excessive was 2019’s 532 sequence.
This previous 12 months’s comeback was doubtless fueled by sequence that have been delayed in 2020 attributable to COVID-19 pandemic-related manufacturing shutdowns. But it’s additionally doubtless the results of a number of extra streamers getting into the sport for the reason that decade started, together with Peacock, HBO Max and a rebranded Paramount Plus, which are actually buzzing with ever-increasing quantity.
In comparability, on the eve of the streaming revolution in 2011, there have been 266 authentic scripted sequence on tv — 116 on broadcast, 33 on pay cable, 111 on fundamental cable, and 6 — you learn that proper, SIX — on streaming/on-line companies. And when FX received into the sport with “The Shield” in 2002, there have been 182 scripted sequence on TV (135 on broadcast, 17 on pay cable, 30 on fundamental cable, and none on streaming/on-line since that didn’t actually exist but).
Unlike previous years, FX opted to not break down the tally by broadcast, community or streaming. And the record doesn’t embrace non-English language exhibits (i.e., no “Squid Game”), youngsters’s packages or short-form content material (like the previous Quibi originals that debuted on Roku).
FX’s tally does embrace PBS exhibits in broadcast, in addition to all premium and most Nielsen-rated fundamental cable networks (in addition to Spectrum Originals). Its record of streaming exhibits embrace entries from Acorn TV, ALLBLK, Amazon, AMC Plus, Apple TV Plus, BET Plus, BritBox, Crackle, Disney Plus, Facebook Watch, HBO Max, Hulu, IMDb TV, Netflix, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Roku, Shudder, Sundance Now, Tubi and YouTube.
FX Networks chief John Landgraf had made the state of scripted TV and the “Peak TV” measurement part of his common Television Critics Association press tour look, however the community pulled again on the presentation in recent times. Landgraf had as soon as predicted that the “Peak TV” quantity would certainly, peak, because it was not sustainable for the enterprise. But the streaming media explosion modified that prediction. Landgraf has acknowledged that that development has proved extra sustainable than he initially thought, pushed by the push of media giants into the subscription-video area pioneered by streamer Netflix.