Ryan Seacrest is apparently the most powerful man in reality television.

So says The Hollywood Reporter, who ranked the 'American Idol' and radio host number one on its fourth annual Reality Power List.  Show this article to your college counselor or parent that says there's no money in broadcasting!

Seacrest, who is poised to make over $55 million this year, according to PopEater, ironically dethroned former 'Idol' judge Simon Cowell, who dropped to number six on this year's list.

According to the report, some of the determining factors of the list included "Having a reputation for quality and innovation within the business; the indelible mark one makes on his or her shows as overseeing executive, producer, or talent; ones overall impact on pop culture, and the 'watercolor factor.'"

Number two on the list was Mike Darnell, President of alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co. Jennifer Bresnan, executive VP of alternative programming at CBS, came in third.

See the full top 10 here.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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