1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
This is one of those popular things that's surprisingly unpopular on the Internet, mostly because the Internet is inevitably the home of people who "don't feel adequately represented" in the sitcom's depiction of geek culture. I've longed self-identified myself with geek culture, and I've loved Big Bang Theory from the start. Besides, it's one of the rare things I love that's also extremely popular.
2. NFL Sunday Night Football (NBC)
3. NCIS (CBS)
Officially survived the loss of Ziva.
4. The Walking Dead (AMC)
Officially the geek alternative to The Big Bang Theory, by the way. I maintain that it hasn't been worth watching since the death of Shane. But at least Darryl is still around.
5. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
This counts as vindication for Star Trek: Enterprise, by the way. Officially did not kill the career of Scott Bakula.
6. Empire (Fox)
I count this as a victory in the career of Terrence Howard first and foremost.
7. NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS/NFL Network)
8. Scorpion (CBS)
I think this technically counts as the procedural version of The Big Bang Theory.
9. Blue Bloods (CBS)
I've enjoyed this series in the past. No real idea what it's been up to lately.
10. The Blacklist (NBC)
James Spader in this particular version of creepy procedural.
11. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Shonda Rhymes with her newest and currently most successful series.
12. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Nineteenth and twentieth seasons.
They just keep finding people who want to be famous who previously had other such opportunities not strictly related to dancing...
13. Madam Secretary (CBS)
Political shows are periodically successful. This is one of those.
14. Criminal Minds (CBS)
Another show I've watched in the past.
15. The Voice (NBC)
16. The Voice (NBC)
Seventh and eighth seasons.
The series that single-handedly...made Adam Levine more mainstream than he already was. Moves like Jagger!
17. Modern Family (ABC)
Unlike Big Bang Theory hasn't proven particularly durable.
18. NFL Monday Night Football (ESPN)
Football is big business. As if you didn't know.
19. Person of Interest (CBS)
I haven't been able to watch a lot of TV lately. This is the series I most regret losing track of.
20. Downton Abbey (PBS)
Proof that success in television these days is absolutely not restricted to the networks or premium cable.
21. Scandal (ABC)
The second of three Shonda Rhymes blockbusters.
22. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Ladies love cool James.
23. 60 Minutes (CBS)
24. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
The last time I caught it, I didn't see Scott Caan. They can't take him away!
25. Castle (ABC)
Something-something Nathan Fillion.
26. The Good Wife (CBS)
At a certain point, doesn't the premise become entirely cancelled out?
27. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
So long and thanks for all the laughs.
28. The Mentalist (CBS)
After the big reveal of Red John induced complete apathy, it was inevitable to learn this series was in fact about to be done.
29. Mom (CBS)
Counts as the most successful new sitcom of the past two seasons.
30. American Idol (Fox)
As if no one saw coming that the producers succeeded in killing its impact. And so it's soon to be gone. Finally.
31. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
They just killed off McDreamy. But it'll take more than that the finish off the leader of the Shonda Rhymes brand.
32. Survivor (CBS)
Twenty-ninth and thirtieth seasons.
Long-time fan of this, so I can't complain. And I was happy with one (Mike) of the two most recent winners, so can't complain.
33. The Odd Couple (CBS)
Some people hate remakes. Some people have no concept that the whole history of mankind is littered with remakes. This one is pretty good.
34. Elementary (CBS)
Haven't watched it in a while but support it in general. Because, Lucy Liu.
35. CSI (CBS)
Just announced as finally being put to pasture.
36. CSI: Cyber (CBS)
But don't worry, this will still be around.
37. Chicago Fire (NBC)
Inexplicably the lead in a whole franchise.
38. American Idol (Fox)
The fact that they kept up two nights all that time is kind of the reason...
39. Stalker (CBS)
Was actually cancelled. They cancelled Maggie Q???
40. Chicago P.D. (NBC)
The second in the Chicago franchise. Inexplicably does not feature CM Punk at all.
41. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Listen, I'm happy this is the one that ended up lasting. But even I wonder why it still exists.
42. Mike & Molly (CBS)
The fact that Melissa McCarthy is so popular at the box office but nonexistent in a TV series she's been doing simultaneously...Mike & Molly, you're doing something horribly wrong. How is it that you still haven't figured that out???
43. The Bachelor (ABC)
Women like to watch.
44. Gotham (Fox)
The most successful of a generous helping of superhero TV series.
45. Game of Thrones (HBO)
Hey, this is the season that features Alexander Siddig, right? I might actually have to care about this series for a change...
46. 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
I love this show's snark.
47. The Middle (ABC)
I don't think it can be stressed enough how unfortunate it is that someone actually thought a sanitized version of Malcolm in the Middle was a good idea.
48. black-ish (ABC)
I hope this series is decent.
49. Once Upon a Time (ABC)
So, bringing in Frozen did not make it a ratings juggernaut after all...
50. The Goldbergs (ABC)
If you love the '80s...
It's worth noting that the series I most want to catch up with at some point is the CW's The Flash, which is a TV show I never thought could possibly happen, not only a second attempt for DC's scarlet speedster (after a similarly genius but short-lived version from a quarter-century earlier), but one that acknowledges that earlier series, does superheroes directly and without apologies, and shamelessly evokes familiar comic book material.
And Yahoo! just helped Community conclude a six season run, and that was a pleasure to see unfold among those expanded outlets that are also incredibly popular these days.
What did you watch?