Without exception the best soap operas on television these days are Fox’s “Empire” and ABC’s “Nashville,” which can be enjoyed back to back on Wednesdays. (With Taraji P. Henson and Connie Britton respectively headlining those two shows, that combo can’t help but make for a night of terrific TV.) It is significant that both series winningly incorporate a lot of musical performances in ways that move storylines along without ever being jarring (something that derailed Fox’s woeful “Glee” several seasons ago).
Symphony offers an industry opportunity deserving to be called out here. Imagine that the Symphony technology is identified as the closest to what the industry needs for the other screens, and instead of others trying to develop even better platforms, the industry settles on it as a platform that all can develop further together, and each research company integrates its technology into their own samples. If each research company further consists of a calibration sample that has taken great pains to be nationally representative within a larger sample that permits massive data collection, the common Symphony technology at both the inner quality panel level and the complete massive sample level can be rolled up because the Symphony metrics will be a constant yardstick common across all players.