The Top 10 TV Moneymakers of 2010

by | March 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM | TV News

Charlie Sheen of 'Two Men,' Lopez and Tyler of 'Idol,' 'Desperate Housewife' Teri Hatcher, and 'Mike and Molly' (Photo: CBS/Fox/ABC)

Charlie Sheen of 'Two Men,' Lopez and Tyler of 'Idol,' 'Desperate Housewife' Teri Hatcher, and 'Mike and Molly' (Photo: CBS/Fox/ABC)


Not surprisingly, the cash cow known as “American Idol” continues to top Forbes list of TV’s Biggest Moneymakers for 2010. Not only are ratings holding strong with the new crop of celebrity judges, but last year’s revenue added up to $7.11 million per half hour, according to Kantar Media.

While CBS no longer has to worry about dealing with Charlie Sheen’s antics, it might soon be missing the star of the second biggest moneymaker of the year — “Two and a Half Men” earned $2.89 million per half hour, ranking it as a distant second on the list.

The rest of 2010′s top five moneymakers are “Desperate Housewives” with $2.74 million per half hour, “Grey’s Anatomy” with $2.67 million and “Dancing with the Stars” with $2.67 million.

Lost,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “24,” “Private Practice” and “Mike & Molly” rounded out list, while popular shows including “Modern Family” and “Glee” are noticeably absent.


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