Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The True Top 25, Week Ending 2/9/14 (2013-14 Week 20)


The vast majority of high-rated entertainment programs will be ducking the Winter Olympics over the next couple weeks, but this week saw most of the Monday to Thursday heavy hitters fit in one more episode. Airing against the bonus night of Olympics and American Idol, The Big Bang Theory was easily the highest-rated entertainment program. It actually had a season high in True, as the show was flat week-to-week even as the Olympics created about four more points of competition than normal but produced no discernible growth in overall viewing (at least not in the 8:00 half-hour).

Only two newbies made the cut this week, starting with The Millers (which, much like TBBT, had a good raw numbers hold despite grading out with a tougher situation) and ending with yet another low-2's for Agents of SHIELD. However, new shows did occupy four of the first seven spots outside of the top 25!

Rank Name True A18-49 ARank
1Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony8.728.61
2Winter Olympics (Sat)7.486.33
3Winter Olympics (Thu)6.746.04
4Winter Olympics (Sun)6.747.22
5The Big Bang Theory5.785.25
6American Idol Wed3.663.96
7American Idol Thu3.583.19
8Modern Family3.553.58
9How I Met Your Mother3.293.87
10NCIS2.913.19
11Criminal Minds2.842.812
12Mike and Molly2.422.714
13The Bachelor2.412.615
14NCIS: Los Angeles2.402.812
15The Millers2.322.615
162 Broke Girls2.313.011
17The Biggest Loser2.262.218
18Agents of SHIELD2.132.218
19The Beatles: The Night that Changed America2.092.121
20The Middle2.062.218
21CSI2.052.024
22Castle2.032.121
23Elementary1.991.828
24Law and Order: SVU1.961.828
25Two and a Half Men1.951.925

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: Mom (t-#17 in A18-49, #26 in True), Person of Interest (t-#21 in A18-49, #27 in True), The Following (t-#25 in A18-49, #29 in True) and Almost Human (t-#25 in A18-49, #30 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.

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