Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The True Top 25, Week Ending 12/16/12 (2012-13 Week Twelve)


A huge late-season result from Sunday Night Football won the True Top 25 yet again. The Big Bang Theory grew a bit in its Christmas episode and beat a low-end Modern Family by a mile for the entertainment lead. This is the last close to "full-strength" week of 2012, and CBS had 16 of the 25 spots.

Two Friday shows made the list: CBS' second run this season of Rudolph and NBC's Newtown coverage on Dateline. A rising Elementary snuck back onto the list and gave the new class a representative.

Rank Name True2 A18-49 ARank
1Sunday Night Football8.378.71
2The Big Bang Theory5.965.42
3Modern Family4.574.24
4Two and a Half Men3.724.15
5The Voice Tue3.623.69
62 Broke Girls (9pm)3.533.78
7The Voice Mon3.473.86
8Grey's Anatomy3.412.914
92 Broke Girls (9:30)3.303.86
10Criminal Minds3.123.112
11Survivor Wed2.902.816
12NCIS2.892.816
13Survivor Sun2.883.210
14The X Factor Wed2.862.718
15Person of Interest2.852.914
16How I Met Your Mother2.853.210
1760 Minutes2.814.93
18The X Factor Thu2.812.421
19The Big Bang Theory (R)2.703.013
20Hawaii Five-02.592.520
21Dateline Fri2.572.029
22Scandal2.512.421
23Elementary2.402.323
24Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (R)2.371.933
25NCIS: Los Angeles2.292.619

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: CSI (t-#24 in A18-49, #27 in True2), Take It All Monday (t-#24 in A18-49, #35 in True2) and Take It All Tuesday (t-#24 in A18-49, #42 in True2).

For more on the True Top 25, click to expand.
I created the True Strength number 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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