John Landgraf: Battle For Best Shows On TV Is 2-Network Race Between FX & HBO

January 18, 2015 7:36 PM

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John Landgraf: Battle For Best Shows On TV Is 2-Network Race Between FX & HBO

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf kept a TCA tradition, taking a shot or two at premium cable and digital platforms, arguing that FX is as good as them despite not having the same cachet. During the FX executive session today, Landgraf showed a pie chart that represents cumulative mentions of TV programs on various critics’ Top 10 lists for 2014. It had HBO and FX in a neck and neck finish for first place with 250 and 213 mentions, respectively, and everyone else far in the distance. (AMC was in third place with 74 points, followed by Netflix and Showtime with 67 and 62, respectively.)

“HBO is not the runaway leader anymore,” Landgraf said. “FX has broken out of the pack, with HBO and FX absolutely dominating the race for quality in television. (The chart) shows that at the moment, the race for the best in TV is really only a competition between two channels, with all the others w...

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