Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The True Top 25, Week Ending 4/20/14 (2013-14 Week 30)

ABC's parting with Scandal for the summer, but at least it went out on top in the week 30 True Top 25, tying Monday's The Voice in raw rating and inching ahead based on timeslot difficulty. Usual chart-toppers The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family assisted in the Scandal victory by taking the week off, but their repeats still made the list in a generally slow week.

Rank Name True A18-49 ARank
2The Voice Mon3.503.41
3The Voice Tue3.443.03
4Grey's Anatomy3.132.65
5The Big Bang Theory (R-8:30)2.972.74
6The Big Bang Theory (R-8:00)2.882.29
92 Broke Girls2.562.36
10Shark Tank2.441.721
11Dancing with the Stars2.442.36
12Agents of SHIELD2.382.111
13American Idol Thu2.351.914
15American Idol Wed2.261.914
16Mike and Molly2.242.111
17Hell's Kitchen2.141.721
18The Amazing Race2.131.721
19Once Upon a Time2.101.721
20NCIS: Los Angeles2.082.111
21Person of Interest1.961.817
22Modern Family (R)1.941.626
23Chicago Fire1.941.721
24Last Man Standing1.841.241

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: Friends with Better Lives (t-#17 in A18-49, #28 in True) and About a Boy (t-#17 in A18-49, #41 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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