The key to broadening the appeal of a format with a target as broad as country radio is finding the songs that drive loyalty for as many age and gender subgroups as possible.
The lower the "difference" number, the less the polarity among these highest rated hits:
I get concerned when I see a difference greater than 10% when comparing cross tabs.
Aldean and Eli Young, for example, highlight a potential incompatibility if the target includes both 25-34 and 35-44.
Meanwhile, it appears that 25-34 and 45-54 may be more alike in their tastes with these songs this week than 35-44 is.
If you don't look at all the target cells individually and compare them, you'd be missing something important.
In certain very competitive situations, even standard demos are too wide as generational cohorts age year by year from one cell to another.
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