Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The True Top 25, Week Ending 5/19/13 (2012-13 Week 34)


In the last full week of the 2012-13 season, The Big Bang Theory had one last big win, spiking in the True2 numbers thanks to greater competition than usual. Once the TV event of the season, Thursday's finale of American Idol was a very distant second and could've easily been even lower. Several other shows like NCIS, How I Met Your Mother and The Office were hugely above average thanks to impressive finale bumps.

The season finale of Shark Tank finished off an incredible season with one last berth to represent Friday night programming, while a very impressive penultimate week of Chicago Fire managed to eke out a spot for the underwhelming new class of 2012-13. The return of So You Think You Can Dance managed the #24 spot (with the Tuesday premiere just a hundredth behind at #26).

Rank Name True2 A18-49 ARank
1The Big Bang Theory6.534.81
2American Idol Thu4.393.64
3Modern Family4.343.73
4The Voice Mon4.163.82
5NCIS4.003.47
6How I Met Your Mother3.943.47
7The Voice Tue3.933.55
8Grey's Anatomy3.683.111
9American Idol Wed3.553.012
10The Big Bang Theory (R-Thu)3.533.39
11Billboard Music Awards3.483.55
12The Office3.363.012
132 Broke Girls3.233.012
14Scandal3.143.210
15Criminal Minds3.022.615
16The Office (Retrospective)2.872.122
17Shark Tank (9:00)2.661.932
18NCIS: Los Angeles2.612.517
19Family Guy (9:00)2.552.615
20The Big Bang Theory (R-Mon)2.532.419
21Family Guy (9:30)2.522.517
22The Voice (R-Tue)2.432.026
23New Girl2.362.122
24So You Think You Can Dance (Wed)2.332.321
25Chicago Fire2.322.026

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: Mike and Molly (t-#19 in A18-49, #29 in True2), Castle (t-#22 in A18-49, #31 in True2) and The Simpsons 8:30 (t-#22 in A18-49, #35 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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