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It seems everyone is in the game of creating original content for streaming now, but who is making the best content?

Photo via Twitter/Game of Thrones
Photo via Twitter/Game of Thrones is currently the highest ranked show in terms of quality on HBO

That’s the question Cut Cable Today explored with this incredible analysis of exactly which company is making the best programming. What did they find?

Netflix may have the numbers and a large pool of original shows, like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, the Marvel universe and more, but in terms of quality HBO rules.

To break it down, they took ratings from critic sites that aggregate such things, including Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, which both use a 100-point scale. They then averaged all seasons of a show to get the overall score.

They then averaged all the shows for each company to get an overall score for each content provider. Shows that aired before 2000 were not included, except The Sopranos, and they found it difficult to find ratings for a lot of Hulu originals.

Here is what Cut Cable Today deduced in terms of “best original programming”:

1. HBO: 82.3

2. Showtime: 75.1

3. FX: 74

4. Netflix: 73.6

5. AMC: 73.5

6. Amazon: 71.8

7. Starz: 71.6

8. USA Network: 65.2

Some other fun facts? Game of Thrones is the highest-ranked show on HBO with a score of 92. Netflix’s new series from comedian Aziz Ansari, Master of None, was the highest rated show with a score of 96. Transparent is far and away Amazon’s biggest winner with a score of 94.

As they report, Netflix plans to spend $5 billion on original content in 2016. Netflix is still the dominant player in the field as far as audience numbers go. Earlier this year, we reported that it would dominate, attracting a larger audience than any other major broadcasting network in the United States.

You can see a full ranking of every service and show at Cut Cable Today’s site here.


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