Some of you have probably seen this chart
It was first compiled here and then reformatted and published here which is where I first saw it.
So the most popular photo show of 2009 was the 2nd Photoquai Biennale at Musée Quai Branly in Paris which hosted an average of 7,868 visitors per day. That seems like a lot. Or does it? Here's how it compares to some other daily counts.
American Idol viewers Tuesday 4/20/2010: 19.1 million
McDonald's burgers sold each day in America: 4.2 million
Average Daily Minnesota State Fair Attendance 2009: 150,000
New York Yankees average home attendance in 2009: 45,363
Average daily attendance at Disneyland Anaheim: 40,000
Average daily Louvre attendance in 2009: 23,300
Average daily attendance at the most popular art show in 2009, Ashura and Masterpieces from Kohfukuji at Tokyo National Museum: 15,960
Average daily attendance at San Diego Zoo in 2009: 9,000
Average daily attendance at the most popular photo show, 2009: 7868
In other words, photography ranks in popularity somewhere below pop drivel, french fries, livestock, cotton candy, and baseball. What's my point? I don't know. I guess I just love thinking about photographers as outsiders.