The number of series that have aired or released new episodes online in the United States last year has decreased compared to 2019, for the first time since the publication of the annual index to monitor them.
In 2020, TV channels or streaming platforms offered 493 series, down 7% within a year, “FX Research”, a subsidiary of the “Disney” group, announced to “AFP”, Friday.
The total number of series in 2019 reached a record level of 532, more than double the number recorded ten years ago (2011).
With the arrival of new platforms, most notably “Disney Plus”, “Apple TV Plus”, “HPO Max” and “Peacock” between November 2019 and July 2020, new series have invaded the screens in recent months. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed Hollywood since Spring 2020, which has disrupted the filming of new business since then.
FX Research did not give any analysis about the reasons for this decline, which is the first since the group began publishing these numbers annually in 2009. It also did not provide details on broadcasting channels.
In past years, the numbers showed a significant increase in the series shown on electronic platforms, in contrast to the decline in the number of works shown on cable channels, and also to a lesser extent on US national channels.