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.

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

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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Source

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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