HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Moneyball for TV: A Model for Forecasting the Audience of New Dramatic Television Series

Document Type

Article

Date

12-2016

Publication Title

Studies in Media and Communication

ISSN or ISBN

2325-808X

Volume

4

Issue

2

First Page

13

Last Page

22

Description

The specific objective of the present study is to develop and test an early-stage, empirical model for predicting the audience of new television series. We test our model on a sample of 107 new dramatic television series that debuted on one of the four major US television networks during the 2010-2014 seasons. In particular we examine the role of three previously untested predictors of the performance of new television shows, all of which can be known prior to the decision to greenlight the pilot script. Those three are the originality of the concept of the show, the track record of success of the show’s creative team, and the size of the conceptual network created from the teleplay of the pilot episode.

DOI

10.11114/smc.v4i2.1611

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