Top TV Series of 2012: Plenty of Reality, Lots of Sports … and Not Much Scripted

Dec 12, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The top 10 regularly scheduled television broadcasts of 2012 were dominated by sports and reality shows, with very little scripted programming represented, reports MediaPost’s MediaDailyNews.

Three of the top 10 regularly scheduled shows were sports, with NBC’s "Sunday Night Football" ranking No. 1 in total viewers, the story says. The NFL series has averaged 21.2 million viewers this season.

Fox’s "American Idol" holds the second and third spots with its two weekly airings (18 million for the Wednesday performance show and 16.5 million for the results show), while NBC’s pregame show for its "Sunday Night Football" is in fourth place with 15.7 million.

ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" holds fifth and sixth place with its two weekly airings, drawing an average of 15.5 million for the performance show and 13.9 million for the results show.

CBS’s "NCIS" is one of two scripted shows to make the list, placing seventh with an average of 13.6 million viewers. NBC’s "The Voice" holds eighth place, with 13.3 million.

In ninth place is the only cable series on the list: ESPN’s "Monday Night Football," with 13.2 million viewers.

CBS also has the only other scripted series in the top 10, the new drama "Vegas," in 10th place with an average of 11.7 million viewers, the story says.

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