Netflix original show House of Cards has picked up a Peabody award, it was announced yesterday (April 2).

The Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright-starring series, which has been picked up for a third season, has been awarded the prestigious honour for the 73rd Peabody Awards, which will be held on May 19 in New York.

The Peabody panel said: "Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in prime time."

Peabody recognises shows based on excellence and there are no set categories. A record 46 awards were handed out this year across television, radio, internet broadcasting, producing organizations and individuals.

Fellow Netflix show Orange is the New Black has also been awarded a Peabody, a big coup for the streaming service.

Kerry Washington's ABC drama series Scandal has also been honoured, as well as AMC's Breaking Bad.

Jeffrey Jones, director of the Peabody awards, said in a statement: "The quality of storytelling in electronic media continues to increase year-after-year, across platforms, producing organizations and nations. The unprecedented number of awards we gave this year reflects this fact."

The Peabody winners will be formally presented with awards at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on May 19.