It should come as no surprise that in addition to being TV's top-rated show, "American Idol" was also TV's biggest moneymaker for 2009. Forbes has the numbers to prove it.
According to Forbes.com
, "American Idol" made a whopping $8.1 million in revenue every 30 minutes. No other show on television is even close.
The second biggest moneymaker may surprise you.
CBS' "Two and a Half Men," still TV's most watched comedy, makes $3.1 million per 30 minutes in revenue. Forbes says that FOX's "24," with $3 million per 30 minutes in revenue, is third. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "V" are fourth and fifth. Note that since the list is only for 2009, it doesn't take into account the severe ratings decline for "V" and only shows revenue for its limited four-episode November run.