In August 2015, John Landgraf, the CEO of FX Networks, coined the term “peak TV,” telling the Television Critics Association summer press tour audience that his sense was that 2015 or 2016 would “represent peak TV in America and that we’ll begin to see declines coming the year after and beyond” in terms of the total number of scripted TV shows. 

However, in January 2020, Landgraf told the TCA winter press tour audience that we have yet to peak — in 2019, the number of scripted TV shows topped 500 for the first time since they started keeping track. There were 532 scripted TV shows, which was a seven percent gain from 2018.

“That’s just bananas, right?” he concluded.

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