Cable TV has become where the best actors, writers and directors have gone to work because they are allowed to do character-driven stories.
Clearly the success of the Netflix model, releasing the entire season of 'House of Cards' at once, proved one thing: The audience wants the control. They want the freedom. If they want to binge as they've been doing on 'House of Cards' and lots of other shows, we should let them binge.
While data can only tell you what has happened in the past, it can in some ways give you a sense of what might be of interest to an audience in the future.
People have really long attention spans, and they love complicated plots. TV series are giving the audience what they want.