Apr 17

American Idol Tops List of TV Moneymakers

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There was a time when TV shows were considered inferior to movies on all aspects of the showbiz industry. Now, with the popularity of crime and comedy TV series, talent competitions, and reality shows, television may have finally overtaken the movies in terms of viewership and big bucks. At the top of list making millions is Fox’s singing competition, American Idol.  Idol has a combined average audience of 26 million this season, making $7 million in revenues for every thirty minutes.  Whoa!  And guess how much a 30-second ad would cost?  It’s a whopping $623,000.

Here are the rest of the list.

2.  “24” – Average viewers at 11.7 MM with 30-minute revenues of $3.7 MM and 30-seconds ads costing $366,000.

3.  “Desperate Housewives” – Average viewers at 15.2 MM with 30-minute revenues of $2.9 MM and 30-second ads costing $251,000.

4.  “Grey’s Anatomy” – Average viewers at 13.4 MM with 30-minute revenues of $2.7 MM and 30-second ads costing $224,000.

5.  “Two And A Half Men” – Average viewers at 14.1 MM with 30-minute revenues of $2.6 MM and 30-second ads costing $227,000.

When you think about it, it may pose greater risk creating a movie than a television series.  Movies generally cost more and the possibility that it bombs in the box office would be higher considering the number of films that have flopped lately.

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