487 Scripted Series Aired in 2017
Basic Cable: 175
Pay Cable: 42
Online services: 117
Overall, the number of scripted original series increased from 389 to 487 in just three years. That's 98 additional shows. That sounds like a big upswing, but it's important to realize that just about all of that increase came from one segment. 84 of the 98 came from online services like Netflix, while the other three segments have basically plateaued.
* Pay Cable had a fairly big percentage increase, but that's just because the raw numbers are small. They went from 34 shows to 42.
* Basic cable had an immense increase from 2002 to 2014, but is now just holding steady.
* The broadcast segment is also holding steady during the most recent three years.