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May 28, 2010

The 2009-10 Season Is Over and the Numbers Are In

Nikki Finke’s got a great breakdown for the numbers of all the shows that aired this season. It’s an interesting read and I’m going to recreate it here.

First some broad thoughts:

  • I found it somewhat surprising how well reality television continued to perform. The higher rating tiers were dominated by a lot of tried and true reality television formats. It would be kind of disheartening if it weren’t for the fact that…
  • Individual numbers for shows have seen significant erosion. Shows aren’t pulling in the monster ratings that they once were. Even ratings juggernauts like American Idol and Dancing With the Stars saw significant drops in their average viewership. Symptom of a waning interest in reality television or is it just the continuing fragmentation of the viewing population? Your call.
  • It’s safe to say that The Jay Leno Show was an unmitigated disaster. Its ratings were pitiful and it’s easy to see why it was canceled.
  • What’s up with the CW? Their ratings are in the toilet and have been there for a while. That being said the numbers for Dollhouse were right in line with what their own shows average, so why not take a risk on a creatively interesting, albeit deeply flawed show, like Dollhouse as opposed to wasting your time with crappy reboots like the new Melrose Place?

Anyways, here’s the list. Bolded shows are scripted. Shows with a line through them have been canceled or ending this season.

2009-10 SERIES RANKER IN ADULTS 18-49 (rating/share)

1. American Idol – Tuesday – FOX – 9.1/24
2. American Idol – Wednesday – FOX – 8.4/22
3. NBC Sunday Night Football – NBC – 7.2/18
4. Undercover Boss – CBS – 6.2/15
5. The Big Bang Theory – CBS – 5.3/13
6. Grey’s Anatomy – ABC – 5.1/13
6. Lost – ABC – 5.1/12
8. House – FOX – 4.9/13
9. Desperate Housewives – ABC – 4.8/11
9. Two And A Half Men – CBS – 4.8/12
11. The Office – NBC – 4.5/11

11. Survivor: Heroes vs Villains – CBS – 4.5/13
13. Dancing With The Stars – ABC – 4.4/11
13. The Bachelor – ABC – 4.4/10
15. Survivor: Samoa – CBS – 4.3/12
15. Glee – FOX – 4.3/11
17. The Biggest Loser 8 – NBC – 4.2/11
18. NCIS – CBS – 4.0/11
18. Hell’s Kitchen – FOX – 4.0/11
18. The Mentalist – CBS – 4.0/11
21. Family Guy – FOX – 3.9/9
21. Modern Family – ABC – 3.9/10
21. CSI – CBS – 3.9/10

24. The Biggest Loser 9 – NBC – 3.8/10
25. The Amazing Race 15 – CBS – 3.7/9
25. Criminal Minds – CBS – 3.7/9
27. CSI: Miami – CBS – 3.6/10
28. 24 – FOX – 3.5/9
28. NCIS: Los Angeles – CBS – 3.5/9

28. The Amazing Race 16 – CBS – 3.5/9
28. How I Met Your Mother – CBS – 3.5/9
28. Private Practice – ABC – 3.5/9
33. V – ABC – 3.4/9
33. The Simpsons – FOX – 3.4/9
33. Brothers & Sisters – ABC – 3.4/9
36. 30 Rock – NBC – 3.3/8
36. Parenthood – NBC – 3.3/9
36. Rules of Engagement – CBS – 3.3/9

39. Dancing with the Stars Results – ABC – 3.2/8
40. The Apprentice 9 – NBC – 3.1/8
40. Cougar Town – ABC – 3.1/8
40. Bones – FOX – 3.1/9
40. The Cleveland Show – FOX – 3.1/8
44. CSI: New York – CBS – 3.0/8
44. Heroes – NBC – 3.0/7
44. Law & Order: SVU – NBC – 3.0/7
47. Lie To Me – FOX – 2.9/7
47. American Dad – FOX – 2.9/7
47. Human Target – FOX – 2.9/8

50. So You Think You Can Dance – Wed – FOX – 2.8/8
50. Flashforward – ABC – 2.8/8
50. So You Think You Can Dance – Tue – FOX – 2.8/7
50. The Marriage Ref – NBC – 2.8/8
50. Fringe – FOX – 2.8/7
50. Castle – ABC – 2.8/7
56. Accidentally On Purpose – CBS – 2.7/7

56. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – ABC – 2.7.7
56. The Good Wife – CBS – 2.7/7
59. Romantically Challenged – ABC – 2.6/7
60. Community – NBC – 2.5/7
60. 60 Minutes – CBS – 2.5/7
62. Chuck – NBC – 2.4/6
63. Parks and Recreation – NBC – 2.3/6
63. Cold Case – CBS – 2.3/6
63. The Middle – ABC – 2.3/6
66. Gary Unmarried – CBS – 2.2/6
67. Ghost Whisperer – CBS – 2.1/7

67. Sons of Tuscon – FOX – 2.1/5
69. Eastwick – ABC – 2.0/5
69. Medium – CBS – 2.0/6

69. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – ABC – 2.0/6
69. The New Adventures of Old Christine – CBS – 2.0/6
69. America’s Funniest Home Videos – ABC – 2.0/6
69. The Jay Leno Show (Tues) – NBC – 2.0/5
75. Numb3rs – CBS – 1.9/6
75. Saturday Night Football – ABC – 1.9/6
75. Three Rivers – CBS – 1.9/5
75. Trauma – NBC – 1.9/5
75. The Forgotten – ABC – 1.9/5

75. Minute to Win It – NBC – 1.9/5
75. COPS 2 – FOX – 1.9/6
82. Ugly Betty – ABC – 1.8/5
82. America’s Next Top Model 7 – CW – 1.8/5
82. Law & Order – NBC – 1.8/5
82. Mercy – NBC – 1.8/5

82. Find My Family – ABC – 1.8/4
82. 20/20 (Fri) – ABC – 1.8/6
88. Hank – ABC – 1.7/5
88. AMW: America Fights Back – FOX – 1.7/5
88. America’s Top Model 8 – CW – 1.7/5
88. The Deep End – ABC – 1.7/5
88. Kitchen Nightmares – FOX – 1.7/5
88. COPS – FOX – 1.7/6
88. Shark Tank – ABC – 1.7/5
95. Dateline (Fri) – NBC – 1.6/5
95. Vampire Diaries – CW – 1.6/4
95. Who Do You Think You Are? – NBC – 1.6/6
95. Scrubs – ABC – 1.6/4
95. Happy Town – ABC – 1.6/4

95. The Jay Leno Show (Thu) – 1.6/4
101. The Jay Leno Show (Wed) – 1.5/4
102. 48 Hours Mystery – CBS – 1.4/5
102. The Jay Leno Show (Mon) – NBC – 1.4/4
102. Past Life – FOX – 1.4/3
102. Miami Medical – CBS – 1.4/5

102. Supernanny – ABC – 1.4/4
102. The Jay Leno Show (Fri) – NBC – 1.3/5
108. Friday Night Lights – NBC – 1.3/5
108. Wife Swap – ABC – 1.3/5
108. Better Off Ted – ABC – 1.3/4
111. Dollhouse – FOX – 1.2/4
111. Smallville – CW – 1.2/4
111. Supernatural – CW – 1.2/3
111. Gossip Girl – CW – 1.2/3
115. One Tree Hill – CW – 1.1/3
115. Life Unexpected – CW – 1.1/3

115. Dateline (Sun) – NBC – 1.1/3
118. Til Death – FOX – 1.0/3
119. Brothers – FOX – 0.9/3
119. 90210 – CW – 0.9/2
121. Melrose Place – CW – 0.6.2
122. Beautiful Life – CW – 0.5/1
122. Fly Girls – CW – 0.5/1
124. High Society – CW – 0.4/1

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