— Well, then. Some interesting occurrences on this past week's BuddyTV Fan Popularity Rankings. The airwaves have become almost totally ruled by reality TV shows, and our rankings reflect that. However, two rankings stalwarts have fallen off the top ten, while two relative rankings newcomers have taken their place. Here are the FPRs, followed by commentary.
Was there any doubt? American Idol is and will always be number one when new episodes are being aired. Sanjaya Malakar and his unlikely following certainly doesn't hurt the ranking, either. America's Next Top Model, again, performs better on our rankings than it does in the Nielsens. The reality show continues to be popular, even in its seventh edition, which bodes well for its longevity.
Lost is taking advantage of its continued run of great episodes and fans are flocking to the message boards. Recent events on the show have sparked furious discussions among fans, especially as the season gets closer to the end. Dancing with the Stars keeps heating up, retaining its momentum from the previous season. Fans seem to be responding well to this new cast.
Prison Break makes what will probably be its final appearance on our rankings for the season, as its season finale aired this past Monday. Fans flocked to our Prison Break content as the season ended with a crazy cliffhanger, setting up what should be an interesting third season. Grey's Anatomy stays strong, despite being in the middle of an extended hiatus.
The Bachelor hits up our list as it season gets underway. The Bachelor hasn't been doing as well in the Nielsens in recent seasons, but the internet popularity remains intense. 24 has been slipping since the season started and I'd say its because this season hasn't lived up to the levels of previous seasons.
Pussycat Dolls: Search for the Next Doll makes our list for the second week in a row, much to my consternation. The CW reality show didn't hit the air with many expectations, but it seems our users like to read up on their favorite contestants. The Apprentice staggers into the tenth spot, holding onto its popularity through our exclusive interviews and extensive show coverage.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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