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CSI: Miami & Lost are world's most popular shows

Cast of CSI: Miami

Story by Jack Foley

CSI: Miami, Lost and Desperate Housewives are the three most popular TV shows in the world, according to a new study.

The forensic drama starring David Caruso took the top honour, narrowly beating Lost into second place, with the women of Wysteria Lane third.

The study, which was conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media and published by Radio Times magazine, included 20 countries.

Colombian soap opera Te Voy a Ensenar a Querer, or I Will Teach You to Love, came fourth and was the only non-US show to make the top five.

The success of CSI: Miami may come as a surprise to fans of the franchise, given that it was a spin-off of the Las Vegas-based CSI (starring William Petersen).

That show, also executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, stands at number six in the poll, while another Bruckheimer-produced TV hit, Without A Trace (starring Anthony LaPaglia), landed seventh spot.

Three Spanish language titles were also in the top 10 – Te Voy a Ensenar a Querer, which tells the story of a father and son who are both in love with the same woman; Inocente de Ti, which follows two sisters as they take their grandmother from Mexico to Miami to find their alcoholic father, and Anita, No Te Rajes!, or Anita, Don’t Give Up!.

They charted at four, eight and nine respectively.

The only children’s programme to make the top 10 was The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, by Nickleodeon, which sits at tenth.

The objective of the research was to find “the most consistently successful programme worldwide in terms of attracting viewers”.

CSI: Miami was named the most popular show because it featured in more country top 10 rankings than any other in 2005.

The top 10 is as follows…

1. CSI: Miami
2. Lost
3. Desperate Housewives
4. Te Voy a Ensenar a Querer
5. The Simpsons
6. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
7. Without a Trace
8. Inocente de Ti
9. Anita, No Te Rajes!
10. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius