Networks all want media executives to consider viewership totals that include not just one overnight airing -- but three, seven, 30 days, as well as digital and SVOD airings. All that can get -- what else? -- a bigger number.
But I’ll go them one better. We should speak to a metric everyone can understand: dollars and cents. (Yes, “sense” as well.)
What were the best TV programs on Monday? Those shows that pulled in the most revenue: specifically, advertising revenue. (We’ll leave other revenue associated with TV shows aside for the moment).
This Monday, July 13, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” took in the most: $8.37 million. ABC’s “The Bachelorette” was next, with $8.30 million; NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” was in third place, at $5.83 million, according to iSpot.TV.
Other good performers with original content: NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” with $3.13 million, while ABC’s “The Whispers” took in $2.5 million.
CBS had all repeats: “Scorpion” was at $1.3 million; “Mike & Molly,” $1.3 million as well; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” $1.14 million; and “2 Broke Girls,” $1.02 million.
I know what you’re thinking: Why is iSpot.TV’s estimated research efforts better than Nielsen’s national panel of 25,000 TV homes?
Well, all things being equal (maybe less than equal for some industry watchers), we need to shift our gaze, and consider outside-the-box metrics for a clearer view of how TV shows are performing.
Some of the ad revenue winners make sense in light of their ratings as well. For example, “The Bachelorette” had the highest 18-49 ratings of any show on the night -- a 2.0 rating, as well as averaging just around 7 million viewers, also tops on the night. Then again, “So You Think You Can Dance?” averaged half that of “Bachelorette” numbers: a 1.0 rating among 18-49, with around 3.2 million overall viewers.
New digital TV measurers obviously will no doubt have other metrics to shout about: number of tweets; content sharers; those who “engage” more than others; and those who buy some consumer products over other consumer products.
But, in an ever-more-confusing array of business marketing and consumer metrics, what is better than at least considering some numbers attached to dollar signs?