— American Idol rules the world and Lost makes a big push. If there was ever any question of whether or not recent quality in episodes affects a show's spot on our BuddyTV Fan Popularity Rankings, it can now be put to rest. Our rankings reflect how truly popular a TV show is, and this week's list has a few interesting members. Commentary can be found below.
American Idol, as I stated above, rules the world. Its visibility is only going to increase (if that's possible) as the show gets closer to the finale. Also, as long as Sanjaya sticks around, the internet will be abuzz with Sanjaya hating and loving. Lost reaches the number two spot on the rankings, and I think we can attribute this entirely to the high quality of recent episodes. The fan base has been galvanized.
America's Next Top Model has been a pillar on the top half of these rankings, a show that seems to have one of the largest and most loyal internet fan bases. On BuddyTV, each models profile page is littered with both positive and negative user comments. Dancing with the Stars is getting close to becoming known as a reality TV juggernaut. Most reality TV shows tend to burn out after a couple seasons. Dancing with Stars is as strong as ever.
Prison Break makes what will likely be its last appearance on the rankings until next fall. It's only on this week for residual interest following its season finale. The Bachelor surprises me again with its high ranking, since I had thought the whole Bachelor phenomenon had faded in the last few years. I was wrong, I guess.
Pussycat Dolls: The Search for the Next Doll is the biggest surprise hit of the year, as far as I'm concerned. I was expecting the show to be a monumental flop, but it has exceeded any and all expectations that it had. Grey's Anatomy keeps falling down the ladder as their extended hiatus continues. Grey's comes back with a new episode on Thursday, so it should be moving back up the list.
24 stays on the bottom half of the list, but I'm predicting it'll climb after Monday's spectacular, season-altering episode. And, to finish off the top ten, is Smallville, making a surprise appearance. Will it stay? I'm guessing not.
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