May 28th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Which network was the most-watched in 2009-2010?

It probably goes without saying that it wasn't NBC.

Turns out, a lot of you were tuning in to CBS: the network finished the 2009-2010 television season with an average of 11.77 million viewers, according to CBS.

The network also had seven out of 10 of the most watched dramas on TV, including “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Good Wife” and “CSI: Miami," as well as the top two most-watched comedies, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men."

Fox came in No. 2 in terms of total viewers – the network averaged 9.98 million viewers – but it came in No. 1 with the coveted 18-49 demographic, according to EW. Five of the top 20 programs in that demo can be found on Fox, including “Glee,” “House,” “American Idol” and “Family Guy.”

ABC came in third with 8.54 million, and NBC was close behind with 8.21 million viewers. The CW, meanwhile, had 2.02 million.

This is the seventh time in the last eight years that CBS has come out on top as the most-watched network.


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  1. marquee.blogs.cnn.com

    Which network was the most watched in 2009 2010.. Neat :)

    April 20, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kate Johnson

    The one show I don't understand the popularity of is CSI Miami. David Caruso is such an awful actor, we tried to watch it, but eventually gave up in disgust. Caruso reminds me of the leprechaun on the Lucky Charms box.

    May 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kerwin

    If ABC and NBC would stop cancelling good shows like FlashForward, they might actually retain enough viewers to see improvement in their ratings. When they drop shows so readily, it makes viewers angry, and as a result, they go to other stations. I know I'll be one of many.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Halo Reach

    Looking at the list of top rated shows is such a sad affair, especially in knowing that great shows like Firefly, Jericho, Invasion, Flashforward, etc couldn't sustain the ratings to even stay alive past their infancy.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. debra

    Thank you for the yummy picture of Mark Harmon....I am a loyal CBS viewer...and I also love NCIS LA...Big Bang Theory is the funniest show I have ever seen.....

    May 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

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