Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The True Top 25, Week Ending 4/7/13 (2012-13 Week 28)


A Saturday basketball game topped the True Top 25 for the second straight week, and this time the game was also a solid #1 in raw numbers. Leading sitcoms The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and Two and a Half Men all had significant week-to-week upticks, and in Men's case this was considered the show's most impressive performance of the season. The premiere of How to Live joined usual newbie list-makers The Following and Elementary.

It was a huge week for Friday programming as Shark Tank made it back into the raw numbers top 25 and Undercover Boss easily made the True2 list. Those two shows along with Grimm (26th in True2), 20/20 (27th) and Blue Bloods (33rd) all had season highs in this metric, posting better-than-usual results against the late season viewing levels.

Rank Name True2 A18-49 ARank
1NCAA Basketball7.335.71
2The Big Bang Theory6.055.22
3The Voice Mon4.664.73
4The Voice Tue4.624.54
5Modern Family4.334.26
6Two and a Half Men3.993.97
7Academy of Country Music Awards3.634.35
8American Idol Thu3.592.99
9Grey's Anatomy3.282.811
10American Idol Wed3.223.18
11Scandal2.862.614
12Shark Tank2.862.121
13Criminal Minds2.842.811
14Person of Interest2.752.713
15Survivor2.652.515
16How to Live2.522.99
17Undercover Boss2.441.731
18The Following2.402.217
19Elementary2.352.121
20Dancing with the Stars Mon2.352.217
21The Middle2.292.024
22Dancing with the Stars Tue2.232.316
23Hell's Kitchen2.212.024
24The Office2.211.828
25Castle2.182.217

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: New Girl (t-#24 in A18-49, #28 in True2), Bones (t-#24 in A18-49, #29 in True2), CSI (t-#21 in A18-49, #32 in True2) and Revolution (t-#17 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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