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Today’s Show:

2009 – 2010 TV Season Ratings Recap

Each year in the middle of May the TV season wraps up here in the US. High Definition TV is a big part of our HD experience and from time to time we like to take the pulse of what Americans are watching. On today’s show we want to recap the top 20 shows based on Nielson’s rating system.

Number of shows in the top 20 by network:

  • Fox – 2
  • CBS – 12
  • ABC – 4
  • NBC – 2

Show Types:

  • Sitcoms – 2
  • Sports – 3
  • Drama – 7
  • Reality – 7
  • News – 1

Average viewership for the #1 show:   25.2M
Average viewership for the #20 show: 13.3M

Nielsen Television – TV Ratings for Primetime: Season-to-Date

2009-2010 Season Through May 9, 2010

Rank Program Name Net Viewers
1 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 25,205,000
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 23,668,000
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 19,743,000
4 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 19,364,000
5 NCIS CBS 18,755,000
6 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS 17,732,000
7 THE MENTALIST CBS 16,763,000
8 CSI CBS 15,822,000
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 15,632,000
10 CBS NFL NATL POST GAME CBS 15,526,000
11 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 15,149,000
12 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,656,000
13 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 14,482,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 14,115,000
15 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 13,967,000
16 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 13,543,000
17 SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS CBS 13,507,000
18 SURVIVOR: SAMOA CBS 13,450,000
19 60 MINUTES CBS 13,444,000
20 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 13,330,000

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Posted by The HT Guys, May 20, 2010 11:23 PM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.