The ABC drama Scandal, Netflix's House of Cards and the Toronto-shot sci-fi serial Orphan Black are among a record 46 recipients of Peabody Awards.

The winners were chosen by the board of the George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia as the "best in electronic media for 2013." They were announced Wednesday by Peabody Award-winning journalists Ira Glass and Charlayne Hunter-Gault on CBS This Morning.

The PBS show Frontline won for League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis and ESPN's Outside the Lines won for its piece NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis.

Orphan Black was recognized as "a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath. Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role."

The dark cloning series is produced by Toronto-based Temple Street Productions in association with Space and BBC America.

Broadcast news outlets receiving Peabody Awards included WBZ-TV and WBZ Newsradio in Boston for their extended coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the hunt for suspects. Also winning awards were KING-TV in Seattle, WTVF-TV in Nashville, and New Orleans outlets WVUE-TV, The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com.

Online award winners included the YouTube video "A Needed Response," which was created by two University of Oregon students to promote respect for women.

Internationally, winners included Burka Avenger, an animated Pakistani series aimed at empowering girls.

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

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