Thursday, May 31, 2012

The True Top 25, Week Ending 5/27/12 (2011-12 Week 36)

The 36th and perhaps final True Top 25 of the 2011-12 season features the last three days of the regular season plus a handful of shows from the first four days of summer. With quite a few of the typical heavyweights sitting out, it was all about American Idol finale week, as the special Tuesday telecast and the Wednesday finale led the field pretty easily. It was slim pickings among scripted originals, where Modern Family easily beat The Middle and the series finale of House.

The final Friday/Saturday Watch featured a solid showing from the NBA's Celtics and 76ers in a Game 7 on Saturday, and 20/20 took a rare turn on this list even in what is typically one of its only repeat weeks of the whole year.

Rank Name TRUE A18-49 ARank
1American Idol Wednesday7.696.41
2American Idol Tuesday5.494.42
3Modern Family4.704.13
4NBA Playoffs4.022.610
5America's Got Talent Mon3.763.26
6Dancing with the Stars Tue3.563.34
7America's Got Talent Tue3.433.34
8Dancing with the Stars Mon3.322.97
9The Big Bang Theory (SR)3.092.316
10So You Think You Can Dance Wed2.872.411
11The Middle2.852.020
15Modern Family (R-8:30)2.492.117
16House (R)2.302.117
18American Ninja Warrior2.262.411
19The Bachelorette2.252.411
20The Big Bang Theory (R)2.211.627
21Law and Order: SVU2.102.020
22Off Their Rockers2.051.534
2320/20 (SR)2.021.534
24Apartment 232.002.411

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: NCIS (R) (#23 in A18-49, #26 in TRUE), Two and a Half Men (t-#20 in A18-49, #27 in TRUE), Rules of Engagement (SR) (t-#24 in A18-49, #28 in TRUE) and America's Got Talent (R-Tue) (t-#24 in A18-49, #29 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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