Also, we have our first regular Friday show to make the True Top 25! Blue Bloods edged fellow CBS 10/9c shows The Mentalist (2.33) and CSI (2.32) by the slimmest of margins. Though I did include TBS' baseball game on that Friday, it wasn't up a ton from its previous results this season and mostly just benefited from a weak baseball-hampered week in general. (Its 2.35 would've missed last week's list by over 0.3!)
Just want to note: Baseball messes with these numbers in ways that are probably more complicated than I'm able to make them. I tried to account for baseball as well as possible this week, mostly including the TBS game ratings as competition from 8-11 and even adding in some Fox 10:00 ratings. It'll be easier the next couple weeks since all the baseball will be on Fox, but mostly... will be glad when baseball is over!
|1||The Big Bang Theory||6.01||4.6||4|
|3||Two and a Half Men||5.25||5.9||2|
|4||Sports: Sunday Night Football||5.20||6.6||1|
|6||X Factor Thu||4.03||3.7||10|
|7||2 Broke Girls||3.97||4.3||5|
|8||How I Met Your Mother||3.87||4.0||6|
|10||Last Man Standing||3.63||3.6||12|
|12||The Big Bang Theory (R)||3.39||3.7||10|
|16||Mike & Molly||2.69||3.9||8|
|17||Dancing with the Stars Mon||2.66||3.0||21|
|19||Sports: ALCS Game 4||2.65||2.5||30|
|21||Dancing with the Stars Tue||2.55||3.3||15|
|22||NCIS: Los Angeles||2.54||3.3||15|
|24||Person of Interest||2.44||2.8||23|
Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: Happy Endings (#18 in A18-49, #28 in TRUE), the Sunday X Factor (#14 in A18-49, #29 in TRUE), The Amazing Race (t-#24 in A18-49, #33 in TRUE), House (t-#24 in A18-49, #34 in TRUE) and Desperate Housewives (t-#24 in A18-49, #38 in TRUE).
I created the True Strength number last summer so I could have an objective way of comparing shows across vastly different situations. One of the most fun comparisons to be made is among the biggest shows on TV. What's really the strongest show in a vacuum? Hence my new weekly feature the True Top 25. This will compare shows while accounting for everything so we can see who Truly comes out on top. I include both the A18-49 and the weekly ranking in A18-49 so you can see the changes within the rankings that True Strength makes.
The A18-49 rankings aren't based on Nielsen's "official" broadcast top 25. They're derived from my own spreadsheet just using the big-five networks, so none of the big players on Univision are included. I've also weeded out some weird programming like NFL overruns and sports pre-game shows. Most of that stuff airs largely out of primetime or is strangely split apart, so I don't want to muddle the list with that.
As mentioned on the sports SpotVault pages, True Strengths for sporting events are based on the primetime portion only. Perhaps in future editions I'll try to get the primetime portion only A18-49 into the A18-49 rankings so it'll be a totally fair comparison.
Here's last week's True Top 25!