Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The True Top 25, Week Ending 3/31/13 (2012-13 Week 27)

For the first of likely three straight weeks, NCAA basketball topped the True Top 25. The highest-rated primetime game of the week was on Easter Eve, one of the lowest-viewed nights of the season to date, so that created a huge True2 score for the game. The Thursday/Friday games also all made the list.

In entertainment programming, the two-night premiere of The Voice topped the broadcast world. Modern Family returned and once again held off both nights of American Idol, even with a pretty terrible result of its own. The Following was the only new show on the list as the return of Revolution disappointingly missed the cut at 26th. And it may not be back, if its week two drop was any indication.

Rank Name True2 A18-49 ARank
1NCAA Basketball (Sat)5.283.43
2The Voice Mon4.564.81
3The Voice Tue4.264.12
4Modern Family3.743.24
5American Idol Wed3.643.24
6American Idol Thu3.432.89
8NCAA Basketball (Thu-Late)3.352.89
9Grey's Anatomy3.322.98
10NCAA Basketball (Fri-Late)3.082.320
122 Broke Girls2.973.07
13How I Met Your Mother2.842.711
15Mike and Molly2.532.612
16Dancing with the Stars Mon2.452.418
17The Following2.422.320
18Shark Tank2.401.831
19Dancing with the Stars Tue2.252.418
20Hell's Kitchen2.202.027
21NCIS: Los Angeles2.192.612
22NCAA Basketball (Thu-Early)2.161.733
23The Middle2.151.831
24NCAA Basketball (Fri-Early)2.151.733

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: Revolution (t-#12 in A18-49, #26 in True2), Hawaii Five-0 (t-#25 in A18-49, #27 in True2), New Girl (t-#23 in A18-49, #27 in True2), Rules of Engagement (t-#23 in A18-49, #30 in True2), 60 Minutes (t-#16 in A18-49, #39 in True2) and The Amazing Race (t-#20 in A18-49, #43 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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