Ratings reflect paucity of mid-summer scripted TV series

July 30, 2019 - 4:36 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — If you watched TV last week, chances are it wasn't a scripted series.

The CBS crime drama "Instinct" was the only scripted comedy or drama to make the Nielsen company's list of 20 most popular programs in prime-time last week. None of the Top 40 in cable were scripted series, either: Most were news programs on Fox News or MSNBC.

That's a reflection of the time of year and changing viewing habits.

Networks rarely offer new scripted series in the summer, and the market for reruns has crumbled. Streaming services have gotten people in the habit of watching programs on their own terms.