After two weeks of Two and a Half Men domination, the show Truly dropped sharply in week three, falling behind not only new champ Sunday Night Football (fueled by a big Packers/Falcons matchup) but also the still tightly-packed duo of Modern Family and Big Bang Theory. Men was damaged not only by its own drop but also by a big competition drop (with an extremely weak Monday Night Football game last week). For a third straight week, Modern Family just barely eked ahead of the vastly undervalued Big Bang. The only two shows on the list that weren't here last week: House (which premiered in this week) and Up All Night.
|1||Sports: Sunday Night Football||7.55||8.9||1|
|3||The Big Bang Theory||5.92||4.5||4|
|4||Two and a Half Men||5.53||6.2||2|
|6||X Factor Wed||4.49||4.1||10|
|7||How I Met Your Mother||4.43||4.5||4|
|8||2 Broke Girls||4.30||4.5||4|
|9||X Factor Thu||4.21||4.0||11|
|19||Mike and Molly||3.25||4.3||7|
|21||Dancing with the Stars Mon||2.80||3.1||19|
|23||NCIS: Los Angeles||2.78||3.4||15|
|25||Up All Night||2.66||2.3||37|
Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: The Tuesday Dancing with the Stars (t-#24 in A18-49, #26 in TRUE) and football-fueled 60 Minutes (t-#16 in A18-49, #50 in TRUE).
Another important note: 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!