495 Scripted Shows Aired in 2018 as Streaming’s Output Surpassed Basic Cable and Broadcast

Number of streamed series has almost quadrupled in four years

In 2011, 266 scripted shows aired on broadcast, cable and streaming. Getty Images

Peak TV has peaked yet again. The number of original scripted TV series this year jumped to 495—just barely missing 500—as the annual output from streaming services surpassed the tallies from broadcast and basic cable for the first time.

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