Top-earning TV shows

2011-03-22 12:08
Cape Town - Which TV shows bring in the real big bucks? American Idol leads the pack with a few surprises in the runner-up positions. has revealed the average revenue earned by a TV show per half-hour in order to level the playing field between shows like American Idol and Two and a Half Men.

Dorothy Pomerantz of reports that based on data from Kantar Media, they were able to determine an estimate amount of advertising revenue earned  in 2010.

Chuck Lorre may not be at no 1, but he has three shows on the list, namely Two and A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly.

Shonda Rhimes follows with her two hit shows, Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off, Private Practice.

Based on their advertising revenue per half hour, here are TV's biggest moneymakers. 

American Idol - $7.11m
Two and A Half Men - $2.89m
Desperate Housewives - $2.74m
Grey's Anatomy - $2.67m
Dancing With The Stars - $2.67m
Lost - $2.60m
The Big Bang Theory - $2.50m
24 - $2.45m
Private Practice - $2.32m
Mike & Molly - $2.11m

Do you have any favourites on the list? Let us know!

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