In a week filled with specials, the only top 25er of the bunch was the one that aired in the first hour of the week, ABC's classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Among holiday specials, this was Truly the third-biggest of the season to date, trailing just CBS' Rudolph and (by the slimmest of margins) that Fox new Ice Age special on Thanksgiving.
A couple other observations: Two and a Half Men slipped behind the HIMYM/2 Broke Girls duo for the first time this season. It's not totally clear how things will shake down once PUT-boosting Monday Night Football is out of the mix, but my instinct is that this isn't the last time this will happen. (I am particularly sure that 2 Broke Girls' 8:00 episode this week will beat Men again.) And it was a pretty weak week for Fox, as their Tuesday lineup dropped against very little competition and The X Factor hit easily its weakest performance Wednesday numbers yet.
|1||Sunday Night Football||8.00||9.4||1|
|2||The Big Bang Theory||5.52||4.6||4|
|4||How I Met Your Mother||4.70||4.5||6|
|5||2 Broke Girls||4.33||4.6||4|
|6||Two and a Half Men||4.31||5.1||2|
|8||The X Factor Wed||3.68||3.4||8|
|10||The X Factor Thu||3.16||2.9||19|
|13||Mike and Molly||2.97||4.2||7|
|17||Last Man Standing||2.80||2.7||27|
|18||Special: A Charlie Brown Christmas||2.79||2.8||22|
|20||The Amazing Race||2.62||3.3||11|
|21||Rules of Engagement||2.59||3.0||14|
|22||Person of Interest||2.51||2.8||22|
|24||Once Upon a Time||2.48||2.9||19|
Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: The Simpsons (t-#14 in A18-49, #26 in TRUE), football-fueled 60 Minutes (t-#14 in A18-49, #35 in TRUE) and Happy Endings (t-#22 in A18-49, #37 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!