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Peak TV Update: Scripted Series Volume Hits All Time High in 2021

A downturn in the number of scripted series in 2020 turned out not to be the start of a trend. The number of scripted series available in the United States hit an all-time high in 2021, according to FX’s annual count of shows across streaming, cable and broadcast outlets. The year featured 559 English-language scripted…

The decline in scripted series in 2020 did not indicate a new trend.

The number of scripted shows in the United States reached an all-time high according to FX s annual count. This includes broadcast, cable, and streaming channels. The year featured 559 English-language scripted shows — a 13 percent jump from 2020 (when there were 496 series) and 5 percent higher than the previous peak of Peak TV, 532 shows in 2019.

In raw numbers, the year-to-year growth of 63 series is the most since FX’s research team started tracking the total number of scripted shows. The percentage increase is the largest since the count went from 288 to 349 in 2013, a jump of 21 percent. The total number of scripted shows has more than doubled in the last decade; in 2011 there were 266 scripted series.

FX’s research excludes international breakout series such as Squid Game or Money Sheist ,, both of which had large audiences in the United States. It also excludes Spanish-language broadcasters, like Telemundo and Univision. This count does not include daytime dramas or children’s programming, to mention the many unscripted series on all platforms.

The downturn in 2020 was caused in part by effects of the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, which cause production shutdowns worldw

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