Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:45 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “Desperate Housewives” are the worlds top television destinations for the second consecutive year.

According to 2007 ratings data released by Eurodata TV Worldwide and the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which highlights the most popular worldwide television programming, CBS’ “CSI” was TV’s most watched drama series and was seen by an anverage of 83.9 million total viewers each episode. The series beat out sister series “CSI: Miami,” and FOX’s “House.” Both “CSi’s” are produced by Alliance Atlantis and CBS Paramount Television Distribution, while “House” starring Hugh Laurie is produced by Universal Media Studios Television.

In the comedy catergory, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” was seen by about 61.5 million viewers, beating out USA Network’s “Monk” and another ABC series, “Ugly Betty.” Monk is produced by Universal Media Studios Television, while “Housewives” and “Betty” are productions of ABC Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company.

CBS Daytime drama series “The Bold and the Beautiful” remains the most popular soap opera in the world with an average daily viewership of 26.2 million total viewers. The Mexican telenovelas “Destilando Amor” and “Marina” were its closest competitors.

“Beautiful,” “Housewives,” and “CSI” also topped the list in their respective categories in 2006.

Ratings figures were based on information from 51 countries around the world with a potential reach of 1.6 billion total viewers.


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