Peaked TV: Supply Of Scripted Series Face Their First Crash

In what appears to be the first significant crash in the supply of original scripted U.S. TV series since the industry first began benchmarking so-called "Peak TV," the number of seasons released in 2023 fell 24% from 2022, according to an analysis released this morning by Ampere.

While there was a material 7.3% dip in the supply of original scripted series released in 2020, according to FX Networks -- which began benchmarking the Peak TV phenomenon in 2009 -- that was attributed to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the TV production supply chain, and it quickly bounced back in succeeding years.



"2021 and 2022 are the high watermark of 633 - the pinnacle of Peak TV," the Ampere analysis reads, adding: "The number of series ordered was in an even more precipitous decline than releases. And due to the time lag between series being green-lit and hitting screens, this number is unlikely to rise in 2024."

The Ampere analysis shows the crash in new series releases is across-the-board among television distribution platform type, but commercial FTA (free-to-air) broadcasters saw the biggest percentage decrease: -57%.

"While 2024 will see some level of a bounce back in the content being ordered, many of these titles will be released in 2025, meaning any recovery is likely to be slow going," Ampere Principal Analyst Fred Black predicts.

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  1. Curtis Smith from Klick Health, January 19, 2024 at 3:06 p.m.

    Surely this is the impact of the Writers Strike, no?

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