I’ve been staring all morning at the Hollywood Reporter’s complete ranking of primetime network TV shows for the 2005-2006 season, because, well, ratings fascinate me. And also, because I’m still trying to make sense of Arrested Development’s cancellation. Anyhow, here’s five tidbits that surprised the heck out of me:
1. ABC’s Desperate Housewives (22.2 million) has almost twice as many average viewers as NBC’s Medium (11.2 million), which has twice as many viewers as Fox’s The O.C. (5.6 million), which has twice as many viewers as The CW’s recently renewed One Tree Hill (2.8 million).
2. I can finally come out about my secret-yet-cancelled pleasure, Crumbs, since apparently, an additional 10,799,999 folks liked it too.
3. Did anyone ever hear of Survival of the Richest? Me neither, but it still managed to outrank series from tabloid staples like ”actress” Denise Richards and Laguna Beach ”star” Kristin Cavallari; their respective series, Sex Love and Secrets and Get the Party Started, ranked 155 and 156 out of, yep, 156 shows.
4. CBS’ cancelled Courting Alex (11.2 million) actually drew a larger total audience than NBC’s freshman hit My Name Is Earl (10.9 million). Sounds like Jason Lee needs to make amends to Jenna Elfman.
5. With an average 15.5 million viewers, CBS’ The Unit (pictured) tied for No. 14 with – drum roll, please – ABC’s Lost. In other words, The Unit is huge. (Insert Beavis and Butthead snickering here.)
What surprises you most about this list?