This fall, the five most-watched English-language broadcast networks have scheduled about 14 hours of reality shows in prime time, the fewest in their fall lineups since 2005.
The drop comes as broadcast networks have had trouble finding success with new reality shows outside summertime, and face growing competition from reality shows on cable.
But reality shows generally fare much more poorly as reruns, giving networks an incentive to reinvest in comedies and dramas, some media executives say. As broadcast networks have seen their audiences fragment in the last decade, their parent media companies have become more dependent on selling popular shows as reruns, especially to cable networks.
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