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What and Who is on Network television?

Using data on TV schedules and meta data on TV programs from Wikipedia, we explore popularity of different genres of shows over time, and the race and gender composition of directors, producers, creators, presenters, cast members, music composers, etc.

A small preview of what we find:

Percentage of shows that are on crime has gone from 0 to about 10% over the last 70 years.

percentage of crime shows over time

Percentage of black cast members, presenters, directors, and producers has remained less than 5%, scraping 0 some years. Trends for gender are slightly more hopeful. Percentage of female cast members has risen from around 30% to about 40% in recent years. Percentage of female directors has risen at a steady clip from 0 to about 10%, while the most pleasing trend has been among female producers, which has risen from 0 to about 35%.

percentage of female producers over time

The rest of the document is arranged as follows:

  1. Scripts --- how did we get the data and run the analyses
  2. Data --- final data used for the analyses
  3. Results --- tables and figures


For running the Python scripts at your end, see the readme

  1. Get the data

  2. Parse and Augment the data

  3. Analyze the data


Data are from TV Schedules Data on Wikipedia and gray boxes (informational boxes on the right hand side of Wikipedia pages of TV programs)



Gaurav Sood and Suriyan Laohaprapanon


Released under CC BY 2.0.

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70+ years of data on Network television. Attributes of shows, race & gender of cast members, directors, producers, presenters, etc.




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