Forbes has tallied its annual list of the biggest TV moneymakers and American Idol led the list for 2010.
Idol delivered $7.11 million every half hour last year, down 12 percent from 2009. But last year’s season was pretty shaky.
That was followed by CBS’ Two and a Half Men, with $2.89 million per half hour. But while Charlie Sheen may have been valuable to the network, showrunner Chuck Lorre has three shows in the Top 10.
Noticeably missing from the list are hot newer shows like Glee and Modern Family. Both almost made the list: Glee brings in $2 million per half hour, which would rank it 11th, and Modern Family earns $1.6 million, which would rank it 16th.
Here’s the Top 10 for 2010:
1. American Idol (Fox) $7.1 million
2. Two and a Half Men (CBS) $2.89 million
3. Desperate Housewives (ABC) $2.74 million
4. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) $2.67 million
5. Dancing With the Stars (ABC) $2.67 million
6. Lost (ABC) $2.60 million
7. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) $2.50 million
8. 24 (Fox) $2.45 million
9. Private Practice (ABC) $2.32 million
10. Mike & Molly (CBS) $2.11 million
Any thoughts on an Aussie top ten? Excluding sport, you could probably start with MasterChef and Rafters. But that’s just a guess….