Which Are TV's Biggest Moneymakers?
Forbes has unveiled its annual list of TV's Biggest Moneymakers, and it contains some really good news for Chuck Lorre -- three of his shows are in the Top 10 -- and some really bad news for NBC: None of their shows made the cut.
The top spot goes yet again to Fox's ratings juggernaut 'American Idol'. Pulling in $7.11 million of advertising revenue for each half hour it's on the air, 'Idol' is way ahead of its closest competitor, CBS's hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men.'
'Men' has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and the future of the show is uncertain. Star Charlie Sheen's been fired, creator Chuck Lorre's said "I'm so outta here," and production's been stopped.
However, given that Forbes estimates it makes $2.89 million per half hour, the suits at CBS may want to think of a way of keeping it on the air. The Top 3 is rounded out by ABC's 'Desperate Housewives,' now in its seventh season, which makes $2.74 million per half hour.
The list is for shows that aired in 2010 and contains two extremely lucrative assets that have now ended: 'Lost' (ABC) and '24' (Fox). Although one new show did made the list -- Chuck Lorre's 'Mike & Molly' -- some buzzworthy new shows didn't make the cut. Forbes places 'Glee' in 11th place and 'Modern Family' in 16th.
The Forbes Top 10 in full:
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) $2.6 million
7) 'The Big Bang Theory' (CBS) $2.5 million
8) '24' (Fox) $2.45 million
9) 'Private Practice' (ABC) $2.32 million
10) 'Mike & Molly' (CBS) $2.11 million