Entertainment

Viewers have record number of scripted TV options, nearly 500 in 2017

Led by continued growth among streaming content providers, consumers saw another record year for scripted television offerings.

According to a presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, there were a total of 487 different series with new episodes airing during 2017.

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, provided the findings Friday. The total represents 32 more options than 2016, which was also a record-breaking year.

While the 117 streaming options on online platforms like Netflix and Hulu saw a year-over-year spike, so did broadcast television with a record-high 153 series.

Basic cable aired the largest variety of programming with a total of 175 shows while the remaining 42 aired on premium cable.

As Variety reported, the overall number of series on TV in 2017 was 69 percent higher than five years earlier.

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