What Do the Year’s Top-Rated TV Shows Say About Us?


Now that the 2010-2011 TV season is wrapping up, the ratings are in. Entertainment Weekly has posted the full list of how major networks’ prime-time series fared in the 18-49 demographic, and those numbers provide tremendous insight. Because there was a tie for tenth place, 11 shows made the top ten, and only three of them were narrative series: Modern Family (hooray!), Big Bang Theory (really?), and Grey’s Anatomy (sure, why not?). Americans continue to love performing arts competition shows — American Idol took both the #1 and #3 slots, while The Voice was the highest-rated new series at #4, and Dancing with the Stars slid in at #6. Football, meanwhile, claimed three spots in the top ten, with Survivor rounding out the list.

Besides Modern Family and Glee (#13), most Flavorpill favorites didn’t fare quite so well. Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, for example, don’t even crack the top 50, while the final season of Friday Night Lights is very close to the end of the list. Check out the top ten after the jump, and please be kind enough to console us in the comments.

Broadcast networks’ 2010-11 TV ratings for the 18-49 demographic

1. American Idol (Wednesday)

2. Sunday Night Football

3. American Idol (Thursday)

4. NFL Sunday Pre-Kick The Voice

6. Dancing with the Stars Modern Family

8. NFL the OT

9. Big Bang Theory

10. Survivor: Nicaragua Grey’s Anatomy