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The number of high selling shows is also increasing, quite significantly and consistently. 5 or less through 2004 and then every year from 2005 on has double or more except for 2006. 2008 holds the record though, and 4 of the top 10.
2011 looks set to start with 2 in Winter (Madoka, IS) so we'll see if it can get another 2-3 each remaining season and keep up around the 10 mark. For spring, Nichijou, Hanasaku, Steins;Gate and Denpa Onna, perhaps?
I've always found this amusing because so many people say "the industry is dying" blahblah but when you actually go through the years, you see that there are more and more anime selling extremely well. The only difference is that the gap between things that do sale and things that don't is getting bigger, which should just push the industry to come up with better ideas and more interesting properties, and it seems like they're headed in that direction.
As for this season, I'd put Ao no Exorcist and Gintama as definites to sale over 10,000 in that list. For dark horse hits, I'd put my money on Dog Days, Hidan no Aria, A Channel, and Ano Hana. Actually, this season has a lot of potential to have multiple +10,000 hitters, but that's to be expected with over 40 shows being produced.