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A Serious Surprise

Nielsen’s 10 top-rated shows for the 2005-06 television season contained few surprises—American Idol reigned supreme (again), and Survivor survived. See if you can figure out what’s missing from the Top 10:

  1. American Idol-Tuesday
  2. American Idol-Wednesday
  3. CSI
  4. Desperate Housewives
  5. Grey’s Anatomy
  6. Without a Trace
  7. Dancing With the Stars
  8. CSI: Miami
  9. Survivor: Guatemala
  10. NFL Monday Night Football

Give up? For the first time in TV history, not a single sitcom cracked the Top 10. (Two and a Half Men came closest, tied with 2 other programs at #13.) Under budget strain from falling ad revenues, TV networks are limiting sitcom production in favor of airing less expensive reality-based programs, which don’t require funding a large writing staff.

–Sarah Janssen

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