How Many TV Series are Produced a Year in the US

Continuing on my analyst binge, I decided to try and figure how many TV series are produced a year.

As far as I can tell were about 150 network (ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, NBC) TV series produced in 2013. In addition there were about another 50 daytime TV series. Lets triple that for one offs, non network etc – so around 600 TV series are produced a year in the US.

So 600 TV series vs. 3,500,000 college courses (see the logic behind that number in my previous post).

The reason I compare the two is that producing a good MOOC is about like producing a simple TV show. So just looking at the numbers- there is no reason to expect that the US can produce more than 600 good MOOCs a year – the kind of MOOC that will have thousands or millions of viewers.

So if we want to capture the wealth and diversity of our current educational system – MOOCs aren’t the answer. MOOCs will be the network and syndicated versions of very few, highly produced lectures.



About Jacob Ukelson

blog (mostly) about my work and technology. So far I have been lucky enough to have been working on things I consider fun and with really top notch people. I have worked in both large companies (IBM) and small companies (ActionBase, ConicIT, Dapper, eXeedTechnologies). eXeed was establish to remedy a failure of the VC model in Israel – most VCs were monetary investors, but most companies needed not just money – they needed operational and business guidance. That is what we provide at eXeed – not just an investment but also our time and skills as seasoned software executives. I have taken on various titles – CTO, VP Products, VP BizDev – but throughout my career a constant focus has been on technologymarket fit, aka customer development. Unique breakthrough technology is a start, but the product must solve real business problems. It needs to be something customers can understand, relate to and will want to buy. I have been doing this for 20 years for software products in companies both large and small.
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