March 18th, 2011
06:51 PM ET
In 2010, “American Idol” brought in the most money on television – a whopping $7.11 million every half hour, according to Forbes.
As successful as that sounds, the show is actually down 12 percent from 2009, but was still able to make the top of the list.
The future isn't looking too shabby, either. Although Simon Cowell has left “Idol" behind, Forbes notes that the show can still attract 24 million viewers. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez must be doing something right.
CBS' "Mike & Molly" has been a moneymaker as well, being the only new show to crack the top 10 of programs raking in the most cash. Created by Mark Roberts, "Mike & Molly" brought in $2.11 million per half hour in 2010, placing it at No. 10 in the rankings.
The top five earning TV shows shake out as follows, in revenue earned per half hour:
1. "American Idol" - $7.11 million
2. “Two and a Half Men” - $2.89 million
3. “Desperate Housewives” - $ 2.74 million
4. “Grey’s Anatomy” - $2.67 million
5. “Dancing With the Stars” - $2.67 million
For the rest of the list, visit Forbes.com.
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