Top 100 shows of the 2009-2010 season in Household ratings

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As usual, the Super Bowl was the top rated show of the past TV season, so CBS has the bragging rights for the 2009-2010 season. Data from The Nielsen Company for both broadcast and cable networks was merged by the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) to determine the top 100 in Household ratings for all of television. Two ESPN shows made the list, in positions #58, the September 21 regular season NFL Game, and #87, the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. At the bottom of the list of the top 100 are the eight additional cable/satellite shows which made the top 312.


Top-rated programs of 2009-10 in Households
Among Households, broadcast accounted for 302 of the top 312 programs; subscription TV’s highest-ranking program, the “NFL Regular Season” on ESPN came in at No. 58. Here below are the top 100 in broadcast and subscription TV for the full 2009-10 season. The top 10 subscription TV programs are in red (any shows that didn’t make the overall top 100 list are listed at the bottom of the chart).

RANK PROGRAM  NETWORK   (START) 
DATE
 TLC  US AA %
LIVE+SD
1 SUPER BOWL XLIV (6:31P) CBS 2/7/10 1 45.1
2 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP (6:46P) FOX 1/24/10 1 30.7
3 ACADEMY AWARDS ABC 3/7/10 1 23.7
4 NBC NFL PLAYOFF GAME 2 NBC 1/9/10 1 18.1
5 WNTR OLYM OPEN CEREM NBC 2/12/10 1 17.8
6 2010 CITI BCS NAT CHMP GM ABC 1/7/10 1 17.3
7 AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF-SA CBS 1/16/10 1 17.0
8 WNTR OLYM WED PRIME 1 NBC 2/17/10 1 17.0
9 OSCAR’S RED CARPET 2010 ABC 3/7/10 1 15.3
10 WNTR OLYM SAT PRIME 2 NBC 2/20/10 1 15.0
11 WNTR OLYM THU PRIME 1 NBC 2/18/10 1 14.8
12 GRAMMY AWARDS CBS 1/31/10 1 14.8
13 WNTR OLYM SUN PRIME 1 NBC 2/14/10 1 14.5
14 WNTR OLYM MON PRIME 1 NBC 2/15/10 1 14.4
15 WNTR OLYM SAT PRIME 1 NBC 2/13/10 1 14.3
16 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPSHIPS CBS 4/5/10 1 14.2
17 WNTR OLYM FRI PRIME 2 NBC 2/26/10 1 14.0
18 WNTR OLYM THU PRIME 2 NBC 2/25/10 1 13.9
19 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 1/12/10 20 13.7
20 WNTR OLYM FRI PRIME 1 NBC 2/19/10 1 13.7
21 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4 FOX 11/1/09 1 13.5
22 WNTR OLYM SUN PRIME 2 NBC 2/21/10 1 13.4
23 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 6 (7:54P) FOX 11/4/09 1 13.4
24 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP-POST FOX 1/24/10 1 13.4
25 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 1/13/10 20 13.2
26 WNTR OLYM TUE PRIME 2 NBC 2/23/10 1 12.8
27 WNTR OLYM MON PRIME 2 NBC 2/22/10 1 12.8
28 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 9/21/09 20 12.6
29 WNTR OLYM TUE PRIME 1 NBC 2/16/10 1 12.4
30 WNTR OLYM CLOSE CEREM NBC 2/28/10 1 12.3
31 WNTR OLYM WED PRIME 2 NBC 2/24/10 1 12.1
32 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-3/4 FOX 3/4/10 1 12.1
33 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-3/11 FOX 3/11/10 1 12.0
34 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1 (7:57P) FOX 10/28/09 1 11.9
35 WNTR OLYM SAT PRIME 3 NBC 2/27/10 1 11.9
36 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2 (7:55P) FOX 10/29/09 1 11.7
37 NCIS CBS 9/22/09 35 11.4
38 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 9/27/09 14 11.3
39 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-2/25 FOX 2/25/10 1 11.3
40 DANCING W/ THE STARS-9/22 ABC 9/22/09 1 10.7
41 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 5 (7:53P) FOX 11/2/09 1 10.6
42 CMA AWARDS ABC 11/11/09 1 10.5
43 MENTALIST, THE CBS 9/24/09 28 10.5
44 DANCING W/STARS RESULT SP ABC 9/23/09 1 10.4
45 VANCOUVER GOLD NBC 2/28/10 1 10.3
46 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NBC 1/17/10 1 10.1
47 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP PRE-GAME ABC 1/7/10 1 9.9
48 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS 2/7/10 9 9.8
49 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 9/29/09 18 9.8
50 CSI CBS 9/24/09 27 9.7
51 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 9/22/09 34 9.7
52 BARBARA WALTERS SP-3/7 ABC 3/7/10 1 9.6
53 NCIS 9P SPECIAL CBS 12/1/09 1 9.6
54 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 6 FOX 10/25/09 1 9.4
55 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP SA-2 CBS 4/3/10 1 9.3
56 BACHELOR:AFTER FINAL ROSE ABC 3/1/10 1 9.3
57 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 3 FOX 10/31/09 1 9.1
58 NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 9/21/09 15 9.1
59 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS ABC 11/22/09 1 8.9
60 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 9/21/09 34 8.9
61 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 9/24/09 28 8.9
62 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 9/27/09 24 8.8
63 ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL FOX 1/1/10 1 8.5
64 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 9/21/09 35 8.5
65 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 9/23/09 33 8.4
66 GOOD WIFE, THE CBS 9/22/09 34 8.4
67 60 MINUTES CBS 9/27/09 31 8.4
68 UNDERCOVER BOSS – SPECIAL CBS 4/4/10 1 8.3
69 TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL FOX 1/4/10 1 8.3
70 XMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ABC 12/13/09 1 8.1
71 CBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE CBS 4/3/10 1 8.1
72 CSI: MIAMI CBS 9/21/09 35 8.1
73 SURVIVOR: SAMOA FINALE CBS 12/20/09 1 8.0
74 45TH ANNUAL ACM AWARDS CBS 4/18/10 1 7.9
75 SURVIVOR: HEROES-VILLAINS CBS 2/11/10 12 7.9
76 CSI: NY CBS 9/23/09 33 7.9
77 BACHELOR, THE ABC 1/4/10 9 7.8
78 SURVIVOR: SAMOA CBS 9/24/09 12 7.8
79 OT, THE FOX 10/4/09 7 7.7
80 SURVIVOR:HEROES-VILL-FNL CBS 5/16/10 1 7.7
81 B. WALTERS: 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE ’09 ABC 12/9/09 1 7.6
82 LOST: THE END ABC 5/23/10 1 7.5
83 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP ABC 12/5/09 1 7.5
84 HOUSE FOX 9/21/09 29 7.4
85 CBS SUNDAY MOVIE-SPECIAL CBS 12/27/09 2 7.4
86 SURVIVOR: HEROES-VILL-WED CBS 3/24/10 1 7.3
87 2010 AFC-NFC PRO BOWL ESPN 1/31/10 1 7.1
88 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 2 CBS 3/25/10 1 7.1
89 V ABC 11/3/09 5 7.1
90 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 9/27/09 23 7.0
90 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS CBS 1/6/10 1 7.0
92 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2 CBS 3/26/10 1 7.0
93 SUPER BOWL GREAT COMMRCLS CBS 2/3/10 1 7.0
94 SURVIVOR: SAMOA REUNION CBS 12/20/09 1 6.9
95 COLD CASE – SPECIAL CBS 4/4/10 1 6.9
96 AMAZING RACE 15 CBS 9/27/09 11 6.8
97 LOST ABC 2/2/10 16 6.8
98 CASTLE ABC 9/21/09 32 6.8
99 FEDEX ORANGE BOWL FOX 1/5/10 1 6.8
100 HALLMARK HALL OF FAME CBS 11/29/09 2 6.5
           
223 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS ESPN 5/18/10 4 4.4
252 KIDS CHOICE 10 NICK 3/27/10 1 4.1
265 BIG TIME RUSH NAN 1/18/10 1 4.0
270 2010 NBA ALL STAR GAME TNT 2/14/10 1 3.9
281 MLB NLCS TBSC 10/18/09 3 3.8
309 STATE OF THE UNION 2010 FXNC 1/27/10 1 3.6
311 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS ESPN 5/6/10 3 3.5
312 2009 HEISMAN TROPHY ESPN 12/12/09 1 3.5

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