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

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Share of respondents
Sitcoms or comedy48%
History or science27%
News/public affairs26%
'How to" or home-related17%
Talk or interview10%
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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