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Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Study: Strong female characters outnumber male lead characters more than two to one
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Research group Ampere Analysis found that of 251 network dramas currently in development or in production, 42% have a strong female lead while 20% have a male lead. The remaining 38% have no single lead character. The study also found that NBC and The CW have the strongest lead female drama character representation.
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 3:02PM EST
Study: Friends was the most binge-watched show of 2018, followed by Grey's Anatomy
TV Time says it based its analysis on the behavior of more than 10 million global users. It also found that 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale were among the Top 5 most binge-watched shows this year.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 1:17PM EST
FX: Streaming shows now outnumber broadcast shows and basic cable shows
FX's annual Peak TV report found there were 495 scripted original series in 2018: 160 streaming shows, 146 broadcast shows and 144 basic cable shows. Pay cable accounted for 45 shows.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Study of Game of Thrones finds that high-born female characters are more likely to survive
Source: Digital Spy
The new study in the journal Injury Epidemiology titled "Death is certain, the time is not': mortality and survival in Game of Thrones" found that high-born, female, and less loyal characters who feature less regularly on the show are more likely to escape death on the HBO series. ALSO: George R.R. Martin vows to finish his Game of Thrones novels.
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 3:21PM EST
Study: Netflix's viewership of its original programming jumps from 24% to 37%; The Office is Netflix's most-watched show
A study by 7Park Data found that original content went up from 14% in January 2017 to 24% in October 2017 to 37% in October 2018. 7Park Data's analysis also found that The Office is the No. 1 most-streamed show on Netflix, while Friends is No. 3.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Study: TV remains the news source of choice for most Americans
Pew Research Center found that 47% of Americans get their news by watching TV, compared to 34% who prefer reading the news.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 1:22PM EST
Cable and satellite suffered their worst quarter ever thanks to cord-cutters
According to a new study by MoffetNathanson, satellite companies DirecTV and Dish Network were hit particularly hard in the third quarter of 2018, losing 726,000 subscribers combined. Comcast, meanwhile, lost 106,000 cable subscribers.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Study: More people seek out their favorite shows on Netflix instead of live TV
Netflix for the first time emerged as the No. 1 source for watching favorite shows, according to a survey by Hub Entertainment Research.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
GLAAD study: LGBTQ TV characters rises from 6.4% last year to a record high of 8.8% -- with most played by minority actors
GLAAD's annual Where We Are on TV report issued a challenge to TV networks to bolster LGBTQ characters to 10% of series regular primetime characters by 2020. “Not only do stories that explore the rich lives and identities of LGBTQ people move the needle forward culturally, but they pay off in ratings – shows like Will & Grace, Supergirl, Empire and How To Get Away with Murder all attract millions of viewers weekly and demonstrate that audiences are hungry for new stories and perspectives," said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 9:37PM EDT
Study: Immigrant TV characters are more likely to be portrayed as less educated and more prone to criminality
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Immigrant rights group Define American teamed with The Hollywood Reporter and The Norman Lear Center to study how TV portrays immigrants. "With immigrants, everything seems to fall into two categories: the criminal hustling the system, or the high-achieving, pristinely perfect 'good' immigrant," says Noelle S. Lindsay Stewart of Define American. "That doesn't allow for the complexity or humanity that real people have. We believe that by humanizing people on television, you cause audiences to be emotionally invested in characters, and then take that emotional investment and project them onto the people in their lives." ALSO: Study also found that Asian immigrant stories are especially underrepresented on TV.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
BBC America study: Female superheroes can boost the confidence in girls
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
BBC America partnered with the Women's Media Center for its "SuperPowering Girls" study that was timed for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who. It found that better onscreen representation of female superheroes can allow young girls to see themselves as leaders and heroes.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
A scientist got his fake Rick and Morty study published in three academic journals
Farooq Ali Khan, a PhD student and undergraduate professor in Hyderabad, India, created the fake paper based on the Adult Swim series to highlight the problem with predatory academic journals that publish junk science without a second glance. He titled his paper "Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation," and submitted it using the author Beth Smith's name, based on the Rick and Morty character. “The fake science, fake news epidemic is getting worse by every day, and I really wanted to do something about it,” Ali Khan told Motherboard of getting the research published in three academic journals. “There's a lot of money involved in it and these people are getting more powerful, and several mediocre science papers are being published, which is a severe threat to science (and) academic research.”
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Study: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters have consumed drugs or alcohol at least 134 times over 140 episodes
The American Addiction Centers studied every episode of the FX comedy from the first 12 seasons. It found that Charlie was No. 1 with 324 mentions or visual depictions of alcohol or drugs, followed by Dennis, Dee, Mac and Frank.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Study: Netflix would lose nearly a quarter of its subscribers if it added advertising
A study by Hub Entertainment Research found that 23% of 1,612 U.S. TV viewers surveyed would drop their Netflix subscription if it came with ads.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Latina TV speaking roles reach a historic high, but speaking roles for women overall declined
According to the report "Boxed In: Women on Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television" conducted by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, Latina roles rose to 7% last season from 5% the previous season. Black and Asian female roles stayed steady at 19% and 6%, respectively. The study also found that female characters made up 40% of female roles, which is a decline of 2% from the 2016-17 season.