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One Will Crash Above Them All

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 15, 2009 |

Another week, another vaguely similar looking top 20 list (season rank in parenthesis). It was a big week for mid-season debuts, however. You might notice three new shows that didn’t make the top 20 cut: “Parks and Recreation,” “The Unusuals,” and “Southland.” However, “‘Surviving Suburbia” and “Harper’s Island,” did. (Ugh. I may therefore need to review “Harper’s Island”) Otherwise, save for the NCAA basketball championship, the top 20 shows don’t look much different from previous weeks: Reality shows and procedurals occupy 14 of the top 20 slots (15 if you count “24” as a procedural).

1. (1) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 22.98 million viewers.
2. (2) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 22.81 million viewers.
3. (3) “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC, 19.88 million viewers.
4. (5) “NCIS,” CBS, 17.81 million viewers.
5. (X) NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship,” CBS, 17.65 million viewers.
6. (7) “The Mentalist,” CBS, 16.92 million viewers.
7. (4) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 16.62 million viewers.
8. (8) “Dancing with the Stars Results,” ABC, 14.56 million viewers.
9. (12) “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 13.61 million viewers.
10. (18) “House,” Fox, 13.29 million viewers.
11. (X) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.82 million viewers.
12. (16) “CSI: NY,” CBS, 12.5 million viewers.
13. (18) “Without a Trace,” CBS, 12.15 million viewers.
14. (X) “Prelude to a Championship,” CBS, 12.15 million viewers.
15. (22) “Surviving Suburbia,” ABC, 11.25 million viewers.
16. (16) “Survivor: Tocantins,” CBS, 11.24 million viewers.
17. (20) “24,” Fox, 10.96 million viewers.
18. (X) “Amazing Race 14,” CBS, 10.57 million viewers.
19. (X) “Cold Case,” CBS, 10.56 million viewers.
20. (32) “Harper’s Island,” CBS, 10.21 million viewers.

In more interesting, but just as disturbing news, via The Chicago Tribune, I bet you can’t guess what the number one Netflixed movie of the last three years is. If you actually said Paul Haggis’ Crash, then you win one free punch in the neck. Number one for three consecutive years. In fact, more people have now Netflixed Crash than saw it in the theater. That’s a sad state of affair, folks.

For the curious, here’s the top ten rentals on Netflix:

1. Crash
2. The Departed
3. The Bucket List
4. Pursuit of Happyness
5. No Country for Old Men
6. Casino Royale
7. Little Miss Sunshine
8. Blood Diamond
9. The Notebook
10. The Devil Wears Prada

Overall, the top 100 list is kind of perplexing. For shits and giggles, you can tally up how many you’ve seen (sadly, I’ve seen 94).

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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