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More than 400 scripted shows top US tally


Think it’s hard to keep up with US content? You’d be right.

There were 409 scripted TV shows on broadcast, cable, and streaming this year. That’s almost double the number in 2009.

The study by FX shows that the growth was mostly driven by cable, which has produced almost five times the number of scripted shows that were around in 2002 and two times what was around in 2009. That’s not surprising as we’ve seen more and more cable channels getting into the scripted business recently, such as Spike, Bravo, E!, and Pop (formerly the TV Guide Channel).

For their part, streaming outlets — such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle — provided 44 of those 409 shows. That’s 21 times more than they produced in 2009, making streaming the fastest-growing area.

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