Apr 16, 2009

TV’s Biggest Moneymakers--TOP 15

Forbes TV’s Biggest Moneymakers American IdolForbes listed the 15 top moneymakers on television today. Which shows and programs earn more from advertisement revenues? What are the TV series that receive the highest price tags in the industry?

Below: Top 15 TV’s Biggest Moneymakers

Forbes tapped TNS Media Intelligence, a division of Taylor Nelson Sofres, that collects relevant data about advertisement spending. The firm presented the network’s asking price of the most watched regular programs on primetime television as of January 31, 2009. The list is based on the advertisement revenue per average half-hour of the shows.


Top 15 TV’s Biggest Moneymakers


1. American Idol (Fox)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $7 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $623,000
Viewers: 25.6 million (season's average)

2. 24 (Fox)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $3.7 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $366,000
Viewers: 11.7 million

3. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.9 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $251,000
Viewers: 15.2 million


4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.7 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $224,000
Viewers: 13.4 million


5. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.6 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $227,000
Viewers: 14.1 million


6. Dancing With the Stars: Results (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.5 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $205,000
Viewers: 16.8 million


7. Dancing With the Stars: Performance (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.4 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $196,000
Viewers: 19.8 million


8. Heroes (NBC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.1 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $194,000
Viewers: 7.9 million


9. Brothers and Sisters (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.1 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $195,000
Viewers: 10.1 million


10. Survivor: Gabon (CBS)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.1 million
Average cost of a 30-sec ad: $204,000
Viewers: 12.9 million


11. CSI (CBS)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2.1 million
Average cost of a 30-sec ad: $201,000
Viewers: 18.2 million


12. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $169,000
Viewers: 10.5 million


13. Worst Week (CBS)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $2 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $174,000
Viewers: 9.3 million


14. House (Fox)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $1.9 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $188,000
Viewers: 11.9 million


15. Private Practice (ABC)
Revenue per 30 minutes: $1.8 million
Average cost of a 30-second ad: $162,000
Viewers: 8.5 million

TV’s Biggest Moneymakers--TOP 15

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