I guess my perspective is from 1958 when basically we had access to three channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) that offered a total of 67 programs during prime time (8 to 11, Mon-Sat, 7-11 Sun). Right now - not counting Disney, Nikelodian, and premium package channels - using the Futon Critic search engine I come up with 81 scripted new-episode shows currently being aired: BODY OF PROOF on ABC Tuesday CASTLE on ABC Monday DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES on ABC Sunday GREY'S ANATOMY on ABC Thursday HAPPY ENDINGS on ABC Wednesday LAST MAN STANDING on ABC Tuesday MIDDLE, THE on ABC Wednesday MODERN FAMILY on ABC Wednesday ONCE UPON A TIME on ABC Sunday PAN AM on ABC Sunday PRIVATE PRACTICE on ABC Thursday REVENGE on ABC Wednesday SUBURGATORY on ABC Wednesday JANE BY DESIGN on ABC FAMILY Tuesday LYING GAME, THE on ABC FAMILY Monday PRETTY LITTLE LIARS on ABC FAMILY Monday SWITCHED AT BIRTH on ABC FAMILY Tuesday DELOCATED! on ADULT SWIM Thursday FADES, THE on BBC AMERICA Saturday MISTRESSES on BBC AMERICA Wednesday GAME, THE on BET Tuesday LET'S STAY TOGETHER on BET Tuesday LEVEL UP on CARTOON Tuesday 2 BROKE GIRLS on CBS Monday BIG BANG THEORY, THE on CBS Thursday BLUE BLOODS on CBS Friday CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS Wednesday CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION on CBS Wednesday CSI: MIAMI on CBS Sunday CSI: NEW YORK on CBS Friday GIFTED MAN, A on CBS Friday GOOD WIFE, THE on CBS Sunday HAWAII FIVE-0 on CBS Monday HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER on CBS Monday MENTALIST, THE on CBS Thursday MIKE & MOLLY on CBS Monday NCIS on CBS Tuesday NCIS: LOS ANGELES on CBS Tuesday PERSON OF INTEREST on CBS Thursday ROB on CBS Thursday TWO AND A HALF MEN on CBS Monday UNFORGETTABLE on CBS Tuesday 90210 on CW Tuesday GOSSIP GIRL on CW Monday HART OF DIXIE on CW Monday NIKITA on CW Friday ONE TREE HILL on CW Wednesday RINGER on CW Tuesday SECRET CIRCLE, THE on CW Thursday SUPERNATURAL on CW Friday VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE on CW Thursday ALCATRAZ on FOX Monday FINDER, THE on FOX Thursday FRINGE on FOX Friday GLEE on FOX Tuesday HOUSE on FOX Monday NEW GIRL on FOX Tuesday RAISING HOPE on FOX Tuesday JUSTIFIED on FX Tuesday RL STINE'S THE HAUNTING HOUR: THE SERIES on HUB Sunday INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET, THE on IFC Friday I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK on MTV Thursday 30 ROCK on NBC Thursday ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? on NBC Wednesday FIRM, THE on NBC Thursday GRIMM on NBC Friday LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT on NBC Wednesday OFFICE, THE on NBC Thursday PARENTHOOD on NBC Tuesday PARKS & RECREATION on NBC Thursday UP ALL NIGHT on NBC Thursday WHITNEY on NBC Wednesday MASTERPIECE! on PBS Sunday BEING HUMAN on SYFY Monday LOST GIRL on SYFY Monday MERLIN on SYFY Friday TYLER PERRY'S HOUSE OF PAYNE on TBS Friday SOUTHLAND on TNT Tuesday HOT IN CLEVELAND on TV LAND Wednesday ROYAL PAINS on USA Wednesday WHITE COLLAR on USA Tuesday I was not happy with the reality show trend particularly during the Writers' Guild Strike a few years ago as I feared the end of scripted programming. So far, it appears I was wrong as I cannot watch everything I record and have a huge backlog of scripted programming to watch on four external hard drives.