Can't Keep Up? Here's a Ranking of The 10 Most-Engaged TV Shows
Can't Keep Up? Here's a Ranking of The 10 Most-Engaged TV Shows
If you think that the self-reporting diary methodologies used to create TV ratings are confusing, we completely understand. TV ratings are controversial science, fraught with criticisms of accuracy. But TV ratings are still the benchmarks used for decision making by networks, producers, advertisers, and ultimately TV viewers.

Here at BuddyTV, we use a database of over 1 million programs to help you quickly find what to watch. Combined with interaction data from our users, we've gathered a number of fascinating insights we want to share.

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Engagement In Addition To Volume

If we're really honest with ourselves, we aren't 100% engaged with every single show we watch. So even if a show has huge numbers, what good is it if everyone is only half-watching?

Therefore, for our summary of the most popular TV shows, we decided volume measurements by themselves were out. Measuring only the number of TV's tuned to a certain show was far too loose to indicate a good TV show. We had to turn elsewhere.

For that we turned to the TV show check-in data from our users of BuddyTV Guide - real people telling us what they watch and when.

The result was a new way to measure the relative popularity of what's on TV. We created the minimalist guide below to the 10 most-engaged shows last week, and how you can watch these shows. Stay tuned - we will be tracking which shows make this list every week, along with other trends.

The 10 Most-Engaged TV Shows Last Week and How to Watch Them

Where you can watch it again
Rank
Series
BuddyRank Index
Broadcast*
Network
Video Site
Amazon Instant Video**
iTunes**
Hulu
1
Grey's Anatomy
100
ABC - Thu 9/8c
abc.go.com - Free
$1.99/ep, (SD) (Free w/ Prime)
$1.99/ep (SD)
hulu.com - Free
2
The Vampire Diaries
61
CW - Thu 8/7c
cwtv.com - Free
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
hulu.com - Free***
3
The Office
50
NBC - Thu 9/8c
nbc.com - Free
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
hulu.com - Free
4
NCIS
49
CBS - Tue 8/7c
cbs.com - Free
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
Not available
5
How I Met Your Mother
44
CBS - Mon 8/7c
cbs.com - Free
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
Not available
6
The Walking Dead
35
AMC - Sun 9/8c
Not available
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
Not available
7
The Amazing Race
33
CBS - Sun 8/7c
cbs.com - Free
$1.99/ep, (SD) (Free w/ Prime)
$1.99/ep (SD)
hulu.com - Free***
8
Modern Family
33
ABC - Wed 9/8c
abc.go.com - Free
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
hulu.com - Free***
9
Sons of Anarchy
29
FX - Tue 10/9c
Not available
$1.99/ep (SD) (Free w/ Prime)
$1.99/ep (SD)
Not available
10
The Mentalist
28
CBS - Sun 10/9c
cbs.com - Free
$1.99/ep (SD)
$1.99/ep (SD)
Not available
* Depending on service
** Pricing for sigle episodes only
*** Availability may vary according to show schedule, $7.99/mo for day-after airing access on select shows

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