Here's a chart demonstrating the split between comedies with laugh tracks and those without them.
Here you can see the number of each type of comedy each network has.
This is a representation of how the 11 shows with laugh tracks add up by network.
Finally, here's the list complete list of comedies used for data.
- With 11 laugh track shows and 23 non-laugh track shows, just under a third of the comedies had laugh tracks. If anything, I'd probably have expected a slightly higher number of laugh tracks. I'd just assumed that several of the shows I haven't watched, such as Animal Practice or The Family Tools, had them.
- CBS is known for its use of laugh tracks, but I hadn't realized that all of their comedies last season used them.
- In fact, both FOX and CBS are in the extremes when it comes to laugh tracks. CBS used a laugh track in all of its comedies, and FOX didn't use one in any of theirs. NBC and ABC are more mixed, leaning towards no laugh tracks.
- I was surprised to see that The CW had no comedies, either with or without a laugh track, on its line up.