What were the top TV stories of 2010?
From a journalist’s perspective, the story of Jay Leno reclaiming “The Tonight Show” and Conan O’Brien leaving NBC would rank near the top.
That’s why it’s so interesting to learn which stories were the most popular with you, our community, according to all the data we compile around here. What did we learn? That the stories you loved most weren’t necessarily the ones we journos might have chosen for our own year-end list. Well, so much for news judgement! Here are the Top 10 stories you viewed the most in 2010.
No. 10: “Two and a Half Men” in turmoil, but Charlie Sheen had nothing do with it (as far as we know): You were fascinated by a story last January from the set of “Two and a Half Men,” where an unspecified threat was received – directed not at off-screen bad boy Charlie Sheen (who had quite a year), but at his co-star Jon Cryer. READ: Disturbance on the set of ‘Two and a Half Men’
No. 9: Anchor away, Part 1: CNN anchor Rick Sanchez got axed in October after he complained about Jon Stewart and CNN on a satellite radio show, and implied that media power was too heavily concentrated in Jewish hands. Oy! READ: CNN fires Rick Sanchez after controversial remarks
No. 8: The one about Conan: It’s the story from last January about the statement issued by Conan O’Brien in which he flatly declined to host any version of “The Tonight Show” that would air at midnight following some new, ill-defined, half-hour Leno show. The statement might as well have been a resignation letter because NBC wouldn’t budge and Conan was gone. READ: Conan O’Brien: I won’t do a 12:05 ‘Tonight Show’
No. 7: Anchor away, Part 2: You seemed to really love stories about news anchors in trouble. This time it was MSNBC’s David Shuster, who was suspended indefinitely last April after he taped a prospective pilot for rival CNN. READ: MSNBC livid with anchor David Shuster
No. 6: Anchor away (but not for long): You reacted swiftly and vocally to the sudden, surprising suspension of Keith Olbermann over campaign contributions he made that apparently violated NBC News ethics rules. The story raged for four days and died as soon as Keith was reinstated. READ: Olbermann suspended indefinitely by MSNBC over campaign donations
No. 5: Reality sets in: It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise – the Top 5 stories of the year all have to do with reality television, such as this one from last May on the crowning of the ninth winner of “American Idol,” Lee DeWyze. It was also the final episode for “Idol” super-judge Simon Cowell. READ: ‘American Idol’ closes the book on year nine
No. 4: Tales of Vienna: We were all enthralled by lovelorn contestant Vienna Girardi on “The Bachelor,” and this story from last February alleging that she withdrew $5,000 from her ex-husband’s bank account to pay for breast implants while he was serving with the Marines in Iraq. She was a frontrunner then for the affections of bachelor Jake Pavelka and she eventually won, though the two reportedly broke up in June. READ: Another embarrassment for ‘Bachelor’ Jake
No. 3: Dancing toward the top spot: The Top 3 positions on this list belong to “Dancing with the Stars,” which emerged as the year’s most talked-about show, including this story from the night in April when TLC reality star Kate Gosselin was eliminated. READ: ‘DWTS’ elimination: Who went bye-bye?
No. 2: Bristol the pistol: “Dancing” seemed to grow even more dramatic this fall, thanks to Bristol Palin, who worked hard on her dancing, made few public statements, and yet, she electrified viewers and made it to the finals. This was the story from November about her defeat and Jennifer Grey’s victory. READ: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 11 winner is
And the No. 1 story of the year was (drum roll, please): Buzz Aldrin. Yes, the story from last April about this beloved, 80-year-old hero of the Apollo space program being eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” was the story that fascinated you the most in 2010. READ: Buzz Aldrin moonwalks off ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Thanks for reading and have a very, very happy new year.