Thursday, January 23, 2014

The True Top 25, Week Ending 1/19/14 (2013-14 Week 17)

The penultimate game of the NFL season topped this week's True Top 25, while premiere week of American Idol topped the entertainment realm with The Big Bang Theory in repeats.

Five new shows made the cut this week including the first Voice-less episode of The Blacklist, bubble comedy Mom and a return engagement for Almost Human. Season highs from Shark Tank and 20/20 represented Friday, but there were a whooping six more Friday shows in the next 16 spots below the list (including Undercover Boss at #27).

Rank Name True A18-49 ARank
1NFC Championship Game14.3319.01
2American Idol Wed4.954.72
3American Idol Thu3.903.94
4Modern Family3.743.25
6The Big Bang Theory (R)3.012.98
7How I Met Your Mother2.823.06
8Criminal Minds2.792.411
9The Following2.714.43
10Shark Tank2.642.118
11The Blacklist2.522.510
12Agents of SHIELD2.312.215
13The Bachelor2.232.314
142 Broke Girls2.182.79
15Sleepy Hollow2.182.215
16Mike and Molly2.152.411
18NCIS: Los Angeles2.122.411
20The Middle2.021.825
21Person of Interest2.012.019
23Chicago Fire1.951.825
25Almost Human1.882.019

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: American Ninja Warrior (t-#22 in A18-49, #26 in True), The Goldbergs (t-#25 in A18-49, #33 in True) and The Millers (R) (t-#22 in A18-49, #35 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.

1 comment:

Spot said...

I don't know which is more surprising to me: that Shark Tank stayed in the top 10 for a second straight week or that a rerun of The Big Bang Theory ranked that high.

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