Nielsen: Year’s top shows were unscripted
December 13, 2012
Reality TV isn’t what it used to be, with ratings for “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” sliding sharply this past year.
But unscripted still trumped scripted in the end-of-year TV rankings released this week by Nielsen.
Just two scripted series made the top 10 regularly scheduled shows, and neither were comedies, notable considering the huge amount of hype around the comedy revival over the past year.
CBS had both series: No. 7 “NCIS” (13.63 million total viewers) and No. 10 “Vegas” (11.68 million total viewers). Those numbers include repeats.
The top show of the year was NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which averaged 21.23 million viewers.
Fox’s “American Idol Wednesday” was second with 18.01 million, followed by “American Idol Thursday” with 16.45 million.
NBC’s pregame kickoff, a 20-minute show before “SNF,” was fourth with 15.7 million, followed by the Monday and Tuesday editions of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with 15.46 million and 13.92 million, respectively.
NBC’s “The Voice” also made the list with 13.3 million viewers, finishing eighth.
“Monday Night Football” was the only cable show to make top 10, ranking ninth with 13.24 million viewers.
Tags: abc, american idol, American Idol Thursday, cbs, dwts, monday night football, nbc, nielsen, reality, scripted shows, snf, sunday night football, top 10 tv shows, top tv shows, unscripted shows, viewers
This week’s daypart ratings
Bus ads for ‘Red Band Society’ get the heave-ho
‘The Biggest Loser’ sinks to a new low
Big crowd for Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’
For NBC, another winning season
Philly: Strong start for Eagles lifts TV
‘Forever,’ actually, probably not
Rachel, I did something in the past I regret
Tell us, which new fall TV shows will survive?
Best tube bets this weekend
Cable overnights: ‘For Better’ hits one-year high
FX renews ‘Tyrant’ for season two
Goodbye TV Guide Network. Hello Pop.
- Sue Frogley becomes global commercial director at SMG
- Bev Yehuda becomes SVP of operations at D S Simon
- Kristin Hambelton becomes CMO at Evariant
- Craig Marks and Tom Morrissy out at Spin Media
- Brian Allers becomes VP of the local division at TVB
- Seven join the talent lineup at Back9Network
- Darrell Hammond becomes announcer on NBC's 'SNL'
- Aubrey Plaza joins Lifetime's 'Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever'
- James D’Arcy joins the cast of ABC's 'Agent Carter'
This week’s daypart ratings
This week’s cable ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This month’s new media traffic data
This week’s younger viewer ratings
Needed ASAP: Media buyer in Fort Worth
Job for media buyer/planner with DC PR agency
Programmatic media buyer job in York, Pennsylvania
Media buyer opening in Las Vegas
Immediate opening for a media buyer/planner