With the early 2013 TV season coming to an end, the frontrunners are starting to reveal themselves in the ratings. Some classics are holding their own while a few newcomers are taking their place as some of the best in the business.
1. Game of Thrones
This HBO drama is just finishing up its third season. The series is based on a variety of European historical events woven into the Song of Ice and Fire. This classic quest for power is a hit with a variety of age groups and demographic.
This classic criminal drama has been popular with viewers and it doesn’t seem to be losing steam any time soon. The Nielson reports regularly list this show in the top 10 every year.
3. The Big Bang Theory
This comedy has been at the top of the ratings since its first season six years ago. The show has already been picked up for another few seasons due to its dedicated audience.
4. Two and a Half Men
Chuck Lorre’s other gem has been around for years, but people thought it might drop off when the show lost one of its title characters. Fortunately, Ashton Kutcher has been the perfect replacement for Charlie Sheen. Viewers love the character interaction and low-brow humor classically known with this show.
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5. Dancing with the Stars
People who just want classic TV need look no further than Dancing with the Stars. The show has been on for several years and it looks like it’s going to be around for a lot longer. Get your favorite celebrities, great music and competition. What’s not to love?
6. The Voice
The Voice is quickly overtaking American Idol as the most popular singing show on TV. The switch in judges is sitting well with the audience and the show picks up new viewers every week.
7. Mad Men
Well into its 6th season, Mad Men is a frequent contender for the top drama spot. The historical feel combined with the drama, romance and scandal makes it the perfect choice for a variety of viewers. The writing has also picked up its fair share of attention from critics.
8. Boardwalk Empire
Another HBO drama, Boardwalk Empire brings viewers to Atlantic City in the middle of Prohibition. This series has won several Emmy Awards and been nominated for dozens more for its excellence in its genre, and it’s expected to keep going in future seasons.
9. The Walking Dead
This zombie apocalypse drama has a dedicated following that is only getting stronger over time. Those that were already familiar with the characters from the comics are quite pleased with the adaptation of these characters in the popular TV version of these events.
10. The Americans
This new drama from FX features on a couple acting as Russian spies left in the United States in the 1980s. As the popularity of period dramas picks up with other classics, it’s likely that this show is going to last for a long time. If the initial ratings are an indication, this show is going to be around for a while.