Statistically Speaking

Many students spent the past week preparing their TiVos for television fall season premieres. The debut of new shows and the return of popular ones are sure to bring plenty of conversation and excitement, as viewers prepare to learn the fates of their favorite characters. Here’s a look back at last year’s TV season, as well as a sneak peak at this season’s new shows:

Number of people watching American Idol, the most-watched TV series of the 2009–10 season: 24,714,000

Number of TV shows (across all five major networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, Fox) not returning for the fall 2010 season: 30

Number of new pilots picked up for this season: 34

Number of new pilots each picked up by ABC and NBC, the two stations with the most pilots: 9