According to the Nielsen Co., Americans on average watch television more than 4 hours a day! That fact alone shows why television shows, and movies make so much money. Television shows alone gain a ton of revenue thanks to their viewers. Fox news gathered in the revenue numbers of the top television shows airing today. American Idol, the top viewed show, made $6.64 million in ad revenue every half hour in 2011. That is a huge number considering it was only in ad revenue! One would think that American Idol being on its eleventh season would at least be lower on the viewing rates, but instead American Idol is still on top and making BANK!