by Jim on January 24, 2011 · 25 comments

Before we get started, let’s all take a big sigh of relief.  It’s over! A lot of you (let me repeat that…A LOT OF YOU) worked tirelessly to cast your votes via Twitter and/or email and I can’t thank you enough for helping to spread the word and make this poll a huge success. The number of votes hit an all time high compared to the past Readers’ Poll lists and, like any good poll, the results were surprising in most cases. Comparing to last year’s  Hottest Prime Time TV Hunks of All Time, there has definitely been a shift in who fans think are the hottest. Some names that were on the last list didn’t even come close to landing a spot on this one  (sorry, fans of Shemar Moore and **gasp** Chris Meloni…and I thought for sure Nathan Fillion would make it), while others that didn’t nab enough votes last time easily landed in the Top 10.

One word of caution as you check out the results — please be seated. I don’t want to hear about anyone falling over from waves of heat.  And, most importantly, do not shoot the messenger! This was a READERS POLL so if your hunk didn’t land enough votes this time then you must vow to send more votes and spread the word even more next time (and, come on, we know there will be a next time, right?).

And now, without further rambling…here’s the 2011 READERS POLL FOR HOTTEST PRIME TIME TV HUNK.

Anyone want to give Danno some surf lessons?

10. SCOTT CAAN (Danny “Danno” Williams, Hawaii Five-0) While co-star Alex O’Loughlin gets most of the hunk attention, Five-0‘s Danno is picking up steam (literally!) with fans and even showing some skin himself on the freshman CBS hit crime drama! As you can see from this photo, Caan has been holding out on us but proves that he is definitely worthy of some beach scenes on the show.  While we’ve been watching the son of actor James Caan in movies like Oceans 11 and Into The Blue over the years, he’s been a perfect fit for our TV sets and there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be there for years to come. (Hawaii Five-0 airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS) [Last year’s poll: Not Ranked]

Michael Trevino's first appearance in the Readers Poll Hunk List!

9. Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood, The Vampire Diaries): The big surprise (one of many) is that Trevino didn’t place higher. His exposure on the popular CW show (shirtless or not) has skyrocketed due to the culmination of the Tyler-is-a-werewolf storyline. As new episodes are set to begin airing this Thursday (check back for previews!), Trevino’s role should get more and more involved with the main action of the show and justly so – the guy is not only a hunk but he’s a hunk who can act…and he’s one of the most genuine, fun guys to interview!! (The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on the CW0 [Last Year’s Poll: Not Ranked]

Hey Jared Padalecki! I call shotgun!

8. Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester, Supernatural): Whether Sam returned from hell with or without his soul, Padalecki is proving week after week on the CW hit that he’s more than just a tall drink of water (and he is tall, which I found out when I met him at Comic Con last summer and when I was on the set last fall). One thing is certain, Supernatural is as popular as ever, having recently landed on the cover of TV Guide in their own fan poll. While I think we can rest assured knowing that the show will be around a few years more, it will be interesting to see what heights Padalecki will climb next. (Supernatural airs Fridays at 9/8c on the CW) [Last Year’s Poll: Not Ranked]

More of the Readers Poll hunk results on the next page….

Are you hot for teacher, too? Fans of Gale Harold are!

7. Gale Harold (Hellcats): I was at a Paley Center Fall TV event last September and was working the press line as I’m known to do and all of a sudden there was a gasp that went through the crowd of fans waiting and I turned to see who was causing all the fuss – it was Mr. Gale Harold! At the time, it had just been announced that he was joining the cast of the CW’s latest new series but fans were obviously already excited and Harold seemed flattered by the attention. A solid actor who has played gay on Queer as Folk and romanced Teri Hatcher at Desperate Housewives but he’s bringing some adult sex appeal to Hellcats every week. Do you want to see more of the good Professor? Putting him on this hunk list could help. CW, are you listening? (Hellcats airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW) [Last Year’s Poll: Not Ranked]

Would you like to ride in the Impala with Jensen Ackles?

6. Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester, Supernatural): The ‘other’ Winchester brother is having just as juicy of a time on the CW series this year as he has been dealing with his beloved brother’s return from hell and everything that comes along with that. However, Ackles has also been busy working behind the camera, as he tackled directing duties with a recent episode. Is there anything this guy can’t do? One thing he can’t do is scare off fans as the voting in this poll proved with many, many votes to get him a spot on the list. (Supernatural airs Fridays at 9/8c on the CW) [Last Year’s Poll: Ranked 8th]

"Coffee, Tea or Me?" (Dumb question, Paul Wesley!!)

5. Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries): Has Wesley lost some of the steam that he was effortlessly exuding on last year’s poll? The sexy actor dropped from 3 to 5 this time around to create one of the shockers in the list. (Yes, there are a few more coming up!) All that said, Wesley is doing great work on this season’s Vampire Diaries including wrestling (sometimes literally) with the evil Katherine (also played by Nina Dobrev). While the show is spreading it’s scope to give more airtime to Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Trevino), Wesley is still front and center in the show’s storylines and with fans. (The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on the CW) [Last Year’s Poll: Ranked 3rd]

Does being all wet give you an advantage in the hunk list? It would appear that maybe it does!

4. Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0): Biggest surprise on the list this year…that Alex, who easily landed in the number one spot last year with the Prime Time TV Hunks of all Time poll, fell onto this list at #4. Why did he slip instead of hold onto the number one slot this time? Strange, right? While I don’t have a clear cut answer, I do know the numbers don’t lie. All that said, landing in the top 5 is still quite a feat for the sexy Aussie, who has finally found his US hit in the CBS reboot of the classic series. Wisely, the show has given O’Loughlin a solid supporting cast (including fellow hunk list-er Scott Cann, Grace Park and the awesome Daniel Dae Kim) and knows that despite how many times McGarrett peels off his tight t-shirts, we also want a kick-ass show and H50 delivers. I suspect the Alex fans will make sure that during the next Readers Pollthey will fight to see him back in the #1 slot! (Hawaii Five-0 airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS) [Last Year’s Poll: Ranked 1st]

Even dressed casual, Ian Somerhalder is pretty damn sexy, right?

3. Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries): While the romance between Elena (Dobrev) and Stefan (Wesley) has been at the core of the series since the start, EPs Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have kept the love triangle alive with Damon’s unrequited love for the fair Elena. The scene last fall where Damon finally told her that he loved her was heartbreaking not only because it was one of the few times we saw Damon in a vulnerable state…but also because Damon quickly erased his confession from Elena’s memory. What that moment did was make us love Damon even more and also back up the fact that when he’s really, really bad, it’s all because of his achy breaky heart.  Bravo, Somerhalder and his fans. Your dedication to the show and to the activist/actor shows! (The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on the CW) [Last Year’s Poll: Ranked 6th]

Ian Somerhalder as bad boy Damon

Check out Ian on Jimmy Kimmel last month…

Matt Bomer displays his bedroom eyes....

2. Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey, White Collar): It’s hard to believe that Bomer’s popularity is still fairly new. It’s only been 2 years since the star of USA’s hit White Collar burst onto the scene and TV superstar-dom. Now that we know the magnitude of his talents (he acts! he sings!) one gets the impression he’s only getting started in showing us exactly what he can do. Of course, fans of this poll definitely have taken notice and were beyond passionate about getting him as many votes as they could muster to land him as close to the top of the poll as their votes could muster. While much has been made about Bomer’s physical attributes (the man truly looks amazing in and out of clothes, right?!), check out the clip below from the most recent Kennedy Center Honors where he sings with Kelli O’Hara in a Jerry Herman tribute. White Collar airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on USA. [Last Year’s Poll: Ranked 2nd]

...and flashing his hotness while wet for Entertainment Weekly.

….and the NUMBER ONE Prime Time TV Hunk…

We're used to seeing him in a suit on BONES but this suits fans just fine, too!

1. David Boreanaz (Special Agent Seeley Booth, Bones): When I first announced this Readers’ Poll would be starting, I made a point of mentioning that David Boreanaz was one of the actors (the other was Jon Hamm, who still didn’t make this list!) who I thought for sure would make it on last year’s list but didn’t garner enough votes. No problem this time around! The Boreanaz fans literally bombarded Twitter and my email box with votes (to their credit, Bomer’s fans did the same thing but you can tell who landed more votes though know it was close). In fact, I was a little concerned that people were forsaking sleep for my little old Hunk List since their votes were coming in 24/7! As we sit here at the #1 spot, the fans of Boreanaz have spoken and the actor, who first started building his fan base with his work as vampire Angel on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it’s spin-off Angel. It didn’t take Boreanaz long to move from sci-fi/fantasy to the more grounded-in-reality cases on Bones. Now in it’s sixth season, the show is as strong as ever and fans are still holding their collective breath for the moment when creator Hart Hanson allows Booth and Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) to be together once and for all. (Bones airs Thursdays at 9/8c on FOX) [Last Year’s Poll: Not Ranked!]

Boreanaz and co-star Emily Deschanel have chemistry that TV fans can't get enough of!

Check out this video from 2009 when TV Guide Magazine named David Boreanaz one of the sexiest guys on TV…

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in the Readers’ Poll hunk list!!  I’m still shocked that Chris Meloni didn’t garner enough votes along with others who made the last list but fell off this one – PSYCH’s James Roday, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS’ Taylor Kitsch, CRIMINAL MINDS’ Shemar Moore and Tom Selleck (who made the list for his iconic role on Magnum PI).

I suspect a lot of you will have comments both positive and, well, less-than-positive but all I can say is this was a Readers’ Poll so it was all up to you as to who made the list and who did not. That said, tell me what you think because you know this is only the first hunk list of 2011 and I’m sure I’ll think of a reason to have another one (or ten) in the coming months!!

Thanks again!!!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Pia January 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

No big surprises on the list. A bit disappointed Gale Harold didn’t do better. Oh well, just have to bombard more messages next time around 🙂

BTW. Where’s the tag for Gale Harold? All the other hunks on the list got a tag but he didn’t. *pout* 😛

Ashley January 24, 2011 at 6:24 am

Looks like our hard work on Twitter! David is on top whre he should be!!!! Great job girls!!!!!

Kelly January 24, 2011 at 7:22 am

All good looking men for sure. Kudos to Jim on finding some great photos for our enjoyment 🙂

Have to say these polls make me laugh. 20 people voting thousands of times for 1 actor only means that actor has fans with lots of free time. They are fun and all but people take them way too seriously if poor Jim has to put a disclaimer at the top.

Elen January 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

Fantastic! Gale Harold made the list and beat out a few not too shabby hunks… but Gale has so much more then hunk appeal, it’s deeper then that, the man is really sexy, charming and talented!
Next year…. #1!!!

Susan January 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

BOOO!!!! David always looks a little like Frankenstein to me – plus he is an admitted wife cheater – nothing hunky about that!!!And no Tim Riggins!!!boo

KadyM January 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

Jensen Ackles is definitely it for me… gorgeous + talent.


Andie1391 January 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Like someone said in here… he’s more than a hunk! he’s so deep! amazing amazing actor!!! next year he’ll be number one!!!!!:D

vqs January 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Ummmm ok but for me the HOTTEST PRIME TIME TV HUNK is MATT DAVIS!!!!!!!!! at least Ian, Paul and Mike r on it!!

Sarah January 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

*whistles at David Boreanaz* Excellent choice for #1 hottie!

BoreanazGirl January 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

YES DAVID BOREANAZ…Can’t believe he wasn’t even on it last year :L What a Duuuddeee 🙂
So happy Ian Somerholder and Paul Wesley are on it too! I don’t even watch the Vampire diaries but my friend talks about it enough that i LOVE the two main Guys 🙂 FABULOUSSSS

Brenda January 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Alex O’Loughlin deserves to be number 1 again.

Kathryn January 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I love that Gale made the list! He is seriously underappreciated.

Татьяна January 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Gale is the best!

Louisa January 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

David Boreanaz #1. Nobody is even a close second.

sypark January 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Gale Harold is in the list!! I like, love, miss Gale~~ God bless you^^(I’m sorry, I can’t english well….)

sypark January 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Gale Harold is in the list~~I miss you~~God bless you^^

yvonnereid@livejournal.com January 26, 2011 at 6:16 am

Gale should be number one by all means…even though I can’t say im dissapointed by David being there,hes a great actor too,but….hell they should both be number one hahahaha,but if I had to choose just one it would be Gale (sorry David) 😀

Peggy January 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

Congratulations to David Boreanaz! He is definitely Numero Uno
Even his forearms are sexy. Hope to see him many more times
on the list.

bjxmas February 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

Glad to see our Winchester boys made it, although they certainly are #1 and #2 in Supernatural fans’ hearts! (Order subject to individual preference!) To have two such gorgeous and immensely talented men on one show playing such intriguing, multi-dimensional characters is heaven here on earth.
Beauty is only skin deep, but Jensen and Jared are truly exceptional people and compelling actors. That’s where their real appeal lies.
A pretty face and hot bod could never garner the respect and passion Supernatural fans have for the Js and their awesome show. I hope the rest of the world finally catches up to their talent and charms, they truly are missing out on some enjoyable evenings if they aren’t watching Supernatural. Once you find our little gem, you’ll be as hopelessly infatuated as we are.

holly February 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Paul Wesley !!!

Bluejays March 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

Alex O’Loughlin is a thousand times hotter than David! David looks slimy to me and he is a bit overly square jawed.

Alex’s fans must have been asleep on the job this time 🙂

Maria June 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I think Jensen Ackles is the hottest. 😀 Happy he’s there, but I think he should have been number 1, 2 or at least three.

They’re all good looking, but some (in my opinion) are sort of… blergh.. :S

But yeah….

Arya July 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Am I surprised? Noooo! Well, not at least as far Jared, Jensen, Ian, and Matt went!

delynn August 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Matt Bomer is sooooo sexy!!! Glad to see DB got some love this year too!

Cara December 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I vote for Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0.

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