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A continuing fascination with weekly contestant eliminations on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars propelled those reality TV shows to the top of the US regularly-scheduled programming list for 2009, while Superbowl-related sports programming got the highest ratings for single telecast programs, according to the yearly “top 10” lists from The Nielsen Company.

Top 10 TV Programs – Regularly Scheduled:

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Top 10 TV Programs – Single Telecast:

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Top 10 Timeshifted Primetime TV Programs

Those who timeshifted TV programs recorded Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men and Damages most often:

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