The Finalists

The short list for the year’s hottest media properties

For several weeks, Adweek has polled readers, collected audience and advertising data, and otherwise gauged brand performance and relevance to arrive at this short list of the hottest media properties. Check us out in print, online and via our iPad edition on Dec. 3 for the unveiling of this year's Hot List winners.

Print

Best magazine to be seen reading on the subway
The Atlantic
Garden & Gun
New York
The New Yorker

Best publication for getting (or staying) rich
Bloomberg Businessweek
Fast Company
Forbes
Fortune

Best brand for living the good life
Departures
Monocle
Town & Country
Vanity Fair

Best place for keeping up with the Kardashians
Entertainment Weekly
People
Rolling Stone

Best publication for staying in the know
The Economist
The Financial Times
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal

Top destination for fashionistas
Allure
Elle
Harper’s Bazaar
InStyle
Marie Claire

Best magazine for planning a trip to Belize, or …
Afar
Condé Nast Traveler
National Geographic Traveler
Travel + Leisure

Hottest magazine for women
Better Homes and Gardens
Good Housekeeping
Real Simple

Hottest magazine for men
Car and Driver
Esquire
GQ
Motor Trend

Best publication for the sports nut
Runner’s World
Golf Digest
Sports Illustrated

Hottest health and fitness magazine
Men’s Health
Self
Women’s Health

Where there’s no place like home
Architectural Digest
HGTV Magazine
Southern Living
Traditional Home

Best embrace of digital by a print brand
The Atlantic
New York
The New Yorker
Wired

Favorite destination for foodies
Bon Appétit
Food & Wine
Food Network Magazine


Television

Best reason to watch TV now
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Louie (FX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Biggest guilty pleasure
American Horror Story (FX)
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Revenge (ABC)
True Blood (HBO)

Show that always makes you LOL
Archer (FX)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Community (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
New Girl (Fox)

Biggest social butterfly (or, show that demands to be watched in front of a live Twitter feed)
American Idol (Fox)
True Blood (HBO)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
The Voice (NBC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Show that keeps you on the edge of your seat
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best prime-time lineup
ABC
CBS
The CW
Fox
NBC

Hottest network for comedy
Comedy Central
FX
NBC

Hottest network for drama
AMC
FX
HBO
Showtime

Favorite late-night host
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Craig Ferguson, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS)
Conan O’Brien, Conan (TBS)
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Best reason to stay home all day (Syndicated TV)
Anderson Live
Dr. Oz
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Live! With Michael and Kelly

Best reality/ competition series
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Idol (Fox)
The Voice (NBC)
Top Chef (Bravo)

Hottest sports net
ESPN
Fox Soccer
MLB Network
NFL Network

The comeback kid
Matthew Perry, Go On (NBC)
Britney Spears, The X Factor (Fox)
James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)

Hottest newcomer
Arrow (The CW)
Girls (HBO)
Revolution (NBC)

Best network for family programming
Cartoon Network
Discovery Channel
Disney Channel
Hallmark Channel
The Hub


Digital

Biggest time suck
Cheezburger
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Ascendant social brand
Instagram
Pinterest

Hottest newbie YouTube channel
AwesomenessTV
YOMYOMF
Machinima Prime

Best reason to cut the cord
Amazon
Netflix
Xbox

Best place to keep track of LiLo’s arrests and Miley’s wardrobe malfunctions
Daily Mail
TMZ

Best place to break down your fantasy team
Yahoo Sports
Grantland

Most addictive mobile game
Angry Birds
Fieldrunners 2
Words With Friends

Social game you’re obsessed with right now
Texas HoldEm Poker
World of Warcraft

Most weekend-destroying console/PC game
Assassin’s Creed 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
FIFA 13

Hottest tablet publisher/aggregator
Flipboard
Huffington
Quartz

Best place to get your Ke$ha (or Bach) fix
Pandora
Spotify

Favorite app right now
Chrome
Foursquare
Instagram

Hottest startup
Pinterest
Square