Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The True Top 25, Week Ending 10/20/13 (2013-14 Week Four)

The hierarchy at the top remained the same in this week's True Top 25, though Sunday Night Football had a larger lead than usual thanks to an exorbitantly high mid-season number.

This week we went down to four new shows as The Crazy Ones dropped off for the first time, while a growing Shark Tank became the first regular Friday series to crack the top 25 this season. (And Undercover Boss was less than a tenth of a point away.)

Rank Name True A18-49 ARank
1Sunday Night Football8.9110.01
2The Big Bang Theory5.335.22
3The Voice Mon4.294.53
4Modern Family3.574.14
5The Voice Tue3.504.05
7How I Met Your Mother3.023.18
8Toy Story of TERROR!2.993.18
10Grey's Anatomy2.812.714
11Sleepy Hollow2.712.714
12ALCS (Thu)2.702.520
13Agents of SHIELD2.652.812
14The Blacklist2.583.011
15ALCS (Sat)2.542.323
16The Millers2.513.27
18Shark Tank2.372.033
192 Broke Girls2.352.617
20ALCS (Wed)2.322.421
21Criminal Minds2.232.714
23The Biggest Loser2.202.323
24NCIS: Los Angeles2.182.617
25The Big Bang Theory (R)2.142.226

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: The Crazy Ones (t-#21 in A18-49, #32 in True), 60 Minutes (t-#12 in A18-49, #34 in True) and Chicago Fire (t-#23 in A18-49, #39 in True).

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


Spot said...

This makes two weeks in a row that a 10:00 pm broadcast show (Scandal) has been the strongest hour-long drama. Unless I'm blanking on another show, I don't think this has happened since the post-Super Bowl season 2 episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

Spot said...

Of course, pedantically that should read 'a 10:00pm show has been the strongest hour-long broadcast drama.' Because, with the wording you have, Scandal doesn't hold that distinction, TWD does.

The point you meant to make stands, unless I'm much mistaken. The only other 10pm show in the Plus era that I could even imagine being a contender was ER in 2003-4.

Spot said...

When I say "broadcast" I meant broadcast network, (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW).

Spot said...

Yeah I got that you meant amongst broadcast. It's just that the wording made it seem like you were emphasing that a 10pm broadcast show specifically was bigger than every other hour long drama, when a certain 9pm cable show more than doubled it.

It's already slightly surprising that the top 10pm drama on TV isn't on cable, come to think of it.

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