The five broadcast TV shows you're most 'emotionally attached to'

Brothersandsisters_lLast week, Media Life Magazine reported on a new study from Marketing Evaluations, The Q Scores Company, which measured and ranked viewers’ emotional attachment to broadcast TV shows during the ’07-’08 season. ("Emotional attachment" was defined as how committed you are to continuing to watch a show.) This list of the 20 series that garnered the greatest devotion (I’ve included it after the jump) definitely got EW’s TV department talking.

And that conversation got me thinking: Let’s do our own informal poll for the ’08-’09 season: Name the five broadcast TV shows you are most committed to watching this fall. (I know we all love our cable, so this may hurt a little.)

My list: 

1. Fox’s Bones (for those of you wondering where the PopWatch love has been, Abby West will be bringing it back starting this week)

2. ABC’s Brothers & Sisters (I would happily marry into the Walker clan, if only for the wine; pictured, David Annable and Emily VanCamp) (Also: Slezak is recapping later today in PopWatch, fear not)

3. ABC’s Desperate Housewives (for as long as Gale Harold is on, anyway; bonus pic of him with Teri Hatcher, after the jump!)

4. The CW’s Privileged (it’s like an ABC Family Channel original movie, only well-written!)

5. I was gonna say CBS’ Ghost Whisperer — I’ve got to see where they’re headed with David Conrad’s character — but really, it’s ABC’s Boston Legal. They know it’s their last season, which should give them plenty of time to plot an appropriately insane, verbose, and (above all) affectionate exit for Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader). In the season premiere, Alan took on Big Tobacco and Denny thought his penis had Alzheimer’s — very promising.

Your turn.

Desperatehousewives_lThe 20 Shows to Which Viewers Are Most Emotionally Attached

1. Survivor: Micronesia
2. Heroes
3. House
4. CSI
5. Survivor: China
6. Grey’s Anatomy
7. Criminal Minds
8. Supernatural
9. NCIS
10. NBC Sunday Night Football
11. Desperate Housewives
12. The Unit
13. Ghost Whisperer
14. Without a Trace
15. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
16. Brothers & Sisters
17. The Office
18. Prison Break
19. Life
20. ER

Fascinating list, right?

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  • Jen

    Mine are:
    1. Supernatural (so excited it made that list!)
    2. Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
    3. Chuck
    4. Lost
    5. The Office

  • weird

    Where is Lost? Guess it is not on your list because it is not a fall show? That is the ONLY show that I (and my significant other) are emotionally attached to.

  • Jerry

    I’m ‘emotionally attached’ to a lot of shows, but here are my top 5:
    1. Smallville
    2. House
    3. ER
    4. Law & Order: SVU
    5. Law & Order: CI

  • joopiter

    Lost, Chuck, Heroes, and Ugly Betty are the only ones on the networks I would consider an emotional attachment to. I used to be attached to CSI, but I’m gone once Grissom’s gone. Battlestar Galactica also goes on the list, but that’s not network.

  • Annie

    I’m emotionally attached to (and in a really big way) The Office (specifically Jim and Pam’s relationship, Pam individually, Michael and Holly, and Andy relinquishing himself from Angela) and Battlestar Galactica (specifically President Roslin’s battle with cancer, Starbuck, and ruined Earth).

  • S

    Since I can’t say Daily Show/Colbert, Lost, or 24 because of the rules you lay out, how about:
    NCIS
    Chuck
    Big Bang Theory
    Dirty Sexy Money
    …I don’t have a fifth.

  • JEE

    1. Bones
    2. Brothers & Sisters
    3. Burn Notice
    4. HIMYM
    5. Grey’s Anatomy

  • SP

    1. Lost
    2. Ugly Betty
    3. Brothers and Sisters
    4. Survivor
    5. Grey’s Anatomy

  • Kristen

    I would have to say The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville, Everybody Hates Chris, and American Idol, mainly because those are 5 of the only 7 broadcast shows I watch. The others? The Mentalist and Desperate Housewives, well, until Gale Harold leaves. (I also watch Greek and Best Week Ever.)

  • D.

    I’m more than emotionally attached (obsessed) to:
    1. Lost
    2. FNL
    3. Grey’s Anatomy
    4. The Amazing Race
    5. Eli Stone

  • Kristen

    And I’m emotionally attached to each and every one of those shows-lol.

  • Annie

    In no particular order:
    Mad Men
    How I Met Your Mother
    Battlestar Galactica
    30 Rock
    Doctor Who
    Narrowing it down to five makes me leave out some favorites (Supernatural, The Office, Gossip Girl), but these are the ones most likely to spur a conniption fit if I somehow miss them.

  • Allison

    Mine are:
    1. The Office
    2. Lost
    3. Gossip Girl
    4. Heroes
    5. Bones

  • MAC

    1. Lost
    2. The Office
    3. Gossip Girl
    4. Brothers & Sisters
    5. Privileged

  • Snarf

    Heroes
    Smallville
    Supernatural
    Brothers & Sisters
    Chuck

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