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Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade

Ranked by viewership, here are the biggest 10 TV shows of the Naughty Aughties. Some will surprise you, some (Friends) won't.

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  • 1. Friends (Finale)

    Aired: May 6, 2004

  • Viewership: 52.5 million

  • 2. Survivor: Borneo (Season 1 Finale)

    Aired: Aug. 23, 2000

  • Viewership: 51.7 million

  • 3. Joe Millionaire (Series Finale)

    Aired: Feb. 17, 2003

  • Viewership: 40 million

  • 4. ER ("All In The Family" Episdoe)

    Aired: Feb. 17, 2000

  • Viewership: 39.4 million

  • 5. American Idol (Season of Sanjaya Premiere)

    Aired: Jan. 16, 2007

  • Viewership: 38.1 million

  • 6. Grey's Anatomy (Post-Super Bowl)

    Aired: Feb. 5, 2006

  • Viewership: 38 million (This is a quick overview of the entire episode set to a Snow Patrol song that may make you a bit teary if you're prone to teary-ness.)

  • 7. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Height Of Its Popularity)

    Aired: May 3, 2000

  • Viewership: 36 million (Note, clip is not from that episode. It's just of some dude who won. On a question about Paddington Bear.)

  • 8. Fraiser (7th Season Finale)

    Aired: May 18, 2000

  • Viewership: 33.7 million

  • 9. Everybody Loves Raymond (Series Finale)

    Aired: May 16, 2005

  • Viewership: 32.9 million

  • 10. Spin City (Michael J. Fox's Finale)

    Aired: May 24, 2000

  • Viewership: 32.8 million