TV Ratings: Top-10 TV Dramas This Season
A little over a month remains until the end of the current TV season. Before the May sweeps mayhem begins, here is a look at the ratings so far this season with the hottest 10 one-hour dramas generating the strongest viewer interest.
We all know the #1 show on television is "American Idol". ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" is not far behind and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" has also cracked the Nielsen top-10. What about the good old scripted fare, though?
Despite season-to-season losses caused by the arrival of "Grey's Anatomy" and ABC's stronger position on Thursday nights, "C.S.I. - Crime Scene Investigation" on CBS actually remains the #1 drama with 20,64 million viewers.
ABC's medical drama is the close second with 19,187 million viewers over its 28 telecasts so far this season, 19 of which have been original new episodes (this week's numbers have not been included.)
Taking away the #3 position from ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (17,5 million) is FOX's "House" which has done very well in its post-Idol slot on Tuesday nights with an average audience of 18,302 million viewers.
Rounding out the top-5 the sexiest procedural on television "C.S.I.: Miami" with 17,122 million viewers. Here is now the full top-10 list (the figures include lower-rated repeats, LOST hasn't had any repeats this season thus getting higher numbers).
1. CSI (20,64 mil)
2. Grey's Anatomy (19,187 mil)
3. House (18,302 mil)
4. Desperate Housewives (17,5 mil)
5. CSI: Miami (17,122 mil)
6. LOST (15,419 mil)
7. Without a Trace (14,718 mil)
8. Cold Case (14,635 mil)
9. Criminal Minds (14,488 mil)
10. CSI: New York (14,272)
The highest rated sitcom is "Two and a Half Men" on CBS with 14,870 million.
The ratings are based on total viewers figures.
Some of the shows have recorded significantly lower ratings in recent weeks and are expected to rank lower by the end of the season although the pumped up season finales may in the end help them correct that.
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