Writers’ Strike Could Accelerate Scripted Programming’s Decline On Linear Television

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Writers’ Strike Could Accelerate Scripted Programming’s Decline On Linear Television
The broadcast business has been at a crossroads for the past couple of years, putting emphasis on live programming, sports and unscripted fare as scripted series increasingly are consumed digitally on-demand. A potential WGA strike would accelerate the process, according to a number of industry sources I spoke with over the past several weeks.

The last big broadcast hit, This Is Us, premiered in 2016, and there have been just a handful of solid new scripted entries since, including CBS’ Young Sheldon and ABC’s The Good Doctor. The biggest, loudest new broadcast show of the past year has been Fox’s reality breakout The Masked Singer, the highest-rated entertainment network program. Fox finished as fall’s No.1 broadcast network among adults 18-49 for the first time in a decade bolstered by The Masked Singer, Thursday Night Football, the World Series and WWE Smackdown. With more than 40% of Fox’s schedule devoted to sports/reality program,
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