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Reality, Sports and SciFi Programs Top TV Lists for 2009

1 minute read | December 2009

Reality TV shows and sporting events were among the most-viewed shows of 2009, while several science fiction shows saw boosts from the use of “time-shifted” viewing.

Top 10 TV Programs – Regularly Scheduled
RANK Program Network % of Homes in U.S. (Rating)
1 American Idol-Wednesday FOX 14.4
2 American Idol-Tuesday FOX 13.8
3 Dancing with the Stars ABC 12
4 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 11.7
5 Dancing with the Stars – Results Show ABC 9.9
6 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 9.8
7 NCIS CBS 9.4
8 NFL Regular Season L ESPN 8.8
9 Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick NBC 8.8
10 The Good Wife CBS 8.5
Source: The Nielsen Company

*Top primetime programs: Note Data from Jan 01, 2009- November 29, 2009, regularly scheduled programs. Household Ratings include Live and Same Day timeshifted viewing. Excludes programs with less than 4 telecasts and programs under 5 minutes

Top 10 TV Programs – Single Telecast
RANK Program Network Date Aired % of Homes in U.S. (Rating)
1 Super Bowl XLIII NBC 2/1/2009 42
2 Super Bowl Pre-Kick NBC 2/1/2009 35.2
3 Super Bowl Kick-Off NBC 2/1/2009 29.6
4 Super Bowl Post NBC 2/1/2009 25.7
5 AFC Championship On CBS CBS 1/18/2009 22
6 Fox NFC Championship FOX 1/18/2009 21.9
7 Academy Awards ABC 2/22/2009 20.6
8 AFC Divisional Playoff CBS 1/11/2009 19.6
9 Fox NFC Playoff FOX 1/11/2009 18.7
10 Fox NFC Wildcard Game FOX 1/4/2009 17.6
Source: The Nielsen Company

*Top Telecasts: Note Data from Jan 01, 2009- November 29, 2009. Household Ratings include Live and Same Day timeshifted viewing. Excludes telecasts under 5 minutes.

Top 10 “Timeshifted” Primetime TV Programs
RANK Program Network % Increase in Viewership
1 Battlestar Galactica SYFY 59.4
2 Mad Men AMC 57.7
3 Damages FX 56.3
4 Rescue Me FX 53.2
5 True Blood HBOM 46.9
6 Stargate Universe SYFY 46.9
7 Sanctuary SYFY 45.9
8 Heroes NBC 45.9
9 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles FOX 45.5
10 10 Things I Hate About You FAM 44.9
10 Dollhouse FOX 44.9
10 Melrose Place CW 44.9
Source: The Nielsen Company

*Primetime TSV%: Data from Jan 01, 2009- November 15, 2009, regularly scheduled programs. Percent increase in rating is based on absolute difference between Live Household Ratings and Live+7. A program must reach at least a 1.0 live+7 HH rating and have at least 4 telecasts.

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