Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The True Top 25, Week Ending 4/8/12 (2011-12 Week 29)

The NCAA basketball championship on CBS topped this week's True Top 25 and was up year-to-year. The Big Bang Theory widened its lead over all the other entertainment options and more than doubled the next-strongest scripted show (fellow CBS Thursday option Person of Interest). Lots of the big shows were out of the mix yet again this week, but ABC Wednesday returns for the rest of the season starting in next week's edition!

This week, four Friday/Saturday shows hit the list, including the entire CBS Friday lineup. ABC's The Ten Commandments was the first movie to make it onto this list since It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.

Rank Name TRUE A18-49 ARank
1NCAA Championship7.647.61
2The Big Bang Theory7.024.43
3American Idol Wed5.764.92
4American Idol Thu5.613.95
5The Voice Mon4.504.14
7Person of Interest3.093.07
8The Voice Tue3.073.26
9Grey's Anatomy3.062.811
10Dancing with the Stars Mon3.012.99
11Criminal Minds3.013.07
14Rules of Engagement2.732.714
15Dancing with the Stars Tue2.622.811
16The Mentalist2.622.417
17Undercover Boss2.601.830
18New Girl2.322.318
19Off Their Rockers2.291.830
20The Amazing Race2.192.515
21The Biggest Loser2.162.025
23Blue Bloods2.071.735
24Movie: The Ten Commandments2.061.544
25CSI: NY2.041.735

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: House (t-#18 in A18-49, #26 in TRUE), Celebrity Apprentice (t-#22 in A18-49, #28 in TRUE), Touch (t-#18 in A18-49, #33 in TRUE), Castle (t-#22 in A18-49, #34 in TRUE), Smash (t-#22 in A18-49, #46 in TRUE), golf-fueled 60 Minutes (#21 in A18-49, #47 in TRUE) and Body of Proof (t-#25 in A18-49, #49 in TRUE).

For more on the True Top 25, click to expand.
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!

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