— The season is all over, everyone. Bask in the glory of summer or mourn the passing of Spring (and a plethora of TV options). You know, whichever floats your boat. Many of your favorite shows bid adieu for the summer months last week, which also happened to be the last week of May sweeps. As a result, ratings were high. This past week's BuddyTV Fan Popularity Rankings were, therefore, probably some of the most true rankings we've had all year. Almost all of the shows end at the same time, so fans are all out in full force. It's an equal playing field. Here is what the final verdict was, followed by some commentary.
Is there any doubt about Lost getting the top spot? The lead up to the finale was nail-biting in and of itself. When you add-in the utter glory that was Lost's two-hour finale, there is no reason to balk at its number one ranking. America's Next Top Model hangs onto to the two spot, despite finishing the week before. Perhaps our model interviews propelled the show this high.
American Idol, oh how you have fallen. Idol seemed to be a shoe-in for the top spot earlier this year. Well, I guess number three isn't all that bad. The Bachelor hits number four and there isn't much to say except that BuddyTV users loooooove their Bachelor content.
Dancing with the Stars, not surprisingly, rounds out the top 5. The show keeps trucking along, and it doesn't look like it will let up any time soon. Grey's Anatomy had a disappointing finale according to most fans. If the show can turn it around next year, look for it to jump up the list.
Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll continues to make our top ten, despite being off the air for a long time. We do have pictures of every contestant on our profile pages, which couldn't have hurt. UFC has received a lot of coverage over the past couple of wees and the lead-up to UFC 71 proved to be enough for the UFC to make its first entrance into our top ten.
Survivor, somewhat surprisingly, makes the top ten despite being off the air for a week. Again, it's probably a result of all our exclusive interviews. Smallville continues its online popularity and rounds out the top ten.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer