Friday, May 2, 2014

The True Top 25, Week Ending 4/27/14 (2013-14 Week 31)

The Big Bang Theory reclaimed its usual seat atop the True Top 25. Grey's Anatomy in a really tough timeslot narrowly edged post-Voice The Blacklist for the week's True top drama. The premiere of Bad Teacher made it four new shows this week, joining usual occupants Blacklist, Agents of SHIELD and The Millers.

Rank Name True A18-49 ARank
1The Big Bang Theory5.484.51
2Modern Family3.563.52
3The Voice Mon3.223.03
4The Voice Tue3.152.84
5Grey's Anatomy2.642.38
6The Blacklist2.602.84
82 Broke Girls2.442.112
9Dancing with the Stars2.412.210
10Two and a Half Men2.402.56
11Shark Tank2.381.823
12Once Upon a Time2.312.210
13The Middle2.251.916
14American Idol Wed2.242.112
15Agents of SHIELD2.191.916
16Family Guy2.142.112
17The Amazing Race2.101.916
18Mike and Molly2.071.916
19Hell's Kitchen2.061.726
20Last Man Standing2.031.436
21The Millers2.022.47
22The Big Bang Theory (R)2.011.916
23American Idol Thu2.011.823
24Bad Teacher1.972.112

Missing the True Top 25 but in the A18-49 list: Resurrection (t-#16 in A18-49, #29 in True) and About a Boy (t-#16 in A18-49, #42 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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