Big 4 Nets Have Aired 90 Fewer Hours of Original Entertainment Episodes So Far This Season

Tony Maglio
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We’re all still struggling to achieve a sense of normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, and broadcast television is no exception. Beginning Sept. 21, 2020 and running through this past Thursday, which was Oct. 29, the Big 4 broadcast networks (CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC) have combined to air 22,430 minutes of original programming, including live news and sports. That probably sounds like a lot (or looks like a large number), but in the comparable period last year, the four main free-over-the-air channels combined for 25,656 minutes of original programming in these first five weeks and change. We’ll do the math for you. This weird 2020-21 TV season has thus far aired 13% fewer minutes, or 3,226 minutes less, of original programming of any kind across CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. While the live stuff often doesn’t fit into a neat hourly time slot, that is nearly 54 fewer hours of original programming. Also Read: How TV Showrunners Are Handling COVID Storylines: 'Do People Really Want to Watch This?' And we’re just getting our foot in the door here. Extracting live news and sports, the Big 4 nets have aired 14,541 minutes of original entertainment programming so far, down from 19,938...

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