Leading genres of primetime TV programming viewed regularly in the United States as of May 2015

Leading primetime TV programming genres viewed in the U.S. 2015 This graph shows the leading genres of primetime TV programming viewed regularly in the United States as of May 2015. During a survey, 48 percent of respondents stated they regularly watched sitcoms or comedy shows on TV during primetime. Movies, part of the billion-dollar film industry, are the second most common genre on primetime TV programming. Of the programs shown on broadcast TV during the 2014-15 season, over 40 percent were drama and 18.4 percent were comedy. In contrast, the emphasis for cable TV was much more on reality TV shows, as these accounted for two-thirds of the shows on cable networks.
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Share of respondents
Sitcoms or comedy48%
Movies43%
Drama42%
Reality34%
Action/adventure32%
History or science27%
News/public affairs26%
Sports22%
'How to" or home-related17%
Weather13%
Talk or interview10%
Children's7%
Other type not listed7%
Music videos6%
Soap operas4%
Share of respondents
Sitcoms or comedy48%
Movies43%
Drama42%
Reality34%
Action/adventure32%
History or science27%
News/public affairs26%
Sports22%
'How to" or home-related17%
Weather13%
Talk or interview10%
Children's7%
Other type not listed7%
Music videos6%
Soap operas4%

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This graph shows the leading genres of primetime TV programming viewed regularly in the United States as of May 2015. During a survey, 48 percent of respondents stated they regularly watched sitcoms or comedy shows on TV during primetime. Movies, part of the billion-dollar film industry, are the second most common genre on primetime TV programming. Of the programs shown on broadcast TV during the 2014-15 season, over 40 percent were drama and 18.4 percent were comedy. In contrast, the emphasis for cable TV was much more on reality TV shows, as these accounted for two-thirds of the shows on cable networks.
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Release date
September 2015
Region
United States
Survey time period
April 23 to May 5, 2015
Number of respondents
1,010 respondents
Age group
13-64 years
Method of interview
Online panel
Supplementary notes
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Which types of TV programs do you watch regularly during primetime, between 8 PM and 11 PM (7 PM and 10 PM CT/MT)?"

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