2005 AFTI Media Boy Poll Celebrating 10 Years of the Media Boy Poll

Poll Stats, "What If", Fun Facts, and Trivia

Many thanks to Mediajock for all his hard work putting this very interesting information together!


Another poll season is upon us. besides being just a chance to see how well our favorites did, this is a time of celebration of achievement for young talent and a highlight that, in one respect or another, all are winners.

So, to better measure this extraordinary success of 2005's best and brightest, let's run the numbers...

There were 90 votes cast for any of the 438 submitted nominees during the 11 days the poll was open. From these:

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Here are the Top 15 (18 due to ties at #15) actors in terms of mentions on ballots - regardless of rank on the ballot:

23Freddie Highmore
17Cole Sprouse
16Oliver Davis
15Shane Haboucha
14Logan Lerman
12Dylan Sprouse
11Carter Jenkins
10Erik Per Sullivan
9Jimmy Bennett
9Jesse McCartney
9Daniel Radcliffe
9Devon Werkheiser
8William Moseley
8Liam Mower
7Cayden Boyd
7Skandar Keynes
7Taylor Lautner
7Jeremy Sumpter


Average ballot score of the Top 20

Perhaps it might be interesting to see how the Top 20 (22 due to ties at #18) fared with each of their voters on average.

PerformerAverage Score
Jimmy Bennett4.11
Carter Jenkins4.00
Cayden Boyd3.86
George Maguire3.83
Freddie Highmore3.78
William Moseley3.75
Liam Mower3.50
Daniel Radcliffe3.44
Leon Cooke3.33
Tyler James Williams3.33
Yagira Yuuya3.33
Logan Lerman3.29
Erik Per Sullivan3.20
Shane Haboucha3.13
Jeremy Sumpter3.00
Devon Werkheiser3.00
Oliver Davis2.94
Skandar Keynes2.86
Taylor Lautner2.86
Dylan Sprouse2.83
Cole Sprouse2.82
Jesse McCartney2.78


Dropping 5th place

Dropping all 1 point votes from the actors leaves, as usual, practically no change aside from the order:

Freddie Highmore85
Oliver Davis46
Shane Haboucha45
Carter Jenkins44
Cole Sprouse44
Logan Lerman42
Jimmy Bennett37
Dylan Sprouse32
Daniel Radcliffe30
Erik Per Sullivan30


Dropping 4th place

We do have an order change plus a couple of new entrants to the Top 10 if we drop the bottom 2 from each ballot:

Freddie Highmore81
Carter Jenkins42
Logan Lerman42
Shane Haboucha39
Cole Sprouse36
Jimmy Bennett35
Oliver Davis32
William Moseley28
Cayden Boyd26
Daniel Radcliffe26


Most 1st place votes

If everyone just had to pick their favorite, here is how everyone would rank:

10Freddie Highmore
5Jimmy Bennett, William Moseley, Liam Mower
4Cayden Boyd, Logan Lerman, Erik Per Sullivan
3Oliver Davis, Carter Jenkins, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Jesse McCartney, Daniel Radcliffe
2Asher Book, Leon Cooke, Ryan Cooley, Shane Haboucha, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse
1Spencer Achtymichuk, Luke Benward, Sean Berdy, Taylor Boggan, Cameron Bright, Adam Butcher, Harrison Chad, Dean Collins, Harry Eden, Luis Armand Garcia, Jordan Garrett, Skandar Keynes, Taylor Lautner, George Maguire, Reiley McClendon, Jack McElhone, Yuto Nakajima, Jasper Oldenhof, Connor Paolo, Max Pirkis, Thomas Sangster, Ryan Sheckler, Jeremy Sumpter, Jake Thomas, Michael Welch, Kota Yabu, Yagira Yuuya


Most 2nd place votes

6Carter Jenkins
5Shane Haboucha, Freddie Highmore, Cole Sprouse
4Logan Lerman, George Maguire
3Oliver Davis, Devon Werkheiser, Tyler James Williams


Most 3rd place votes

4Freddie Highmore, James Lomas, Devon Werkheiser
3Chase Ellison, Alexander Gould, Shane Haboucha, Taylor Lautner, Jeremy Sumpter, Tyler James Williams


Most 4th place votes

7Oliver Davis
4Adam Butcher, Angus T. Jones, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse
3Shane Haboucha, Skandar Keynes, Taylor Lautner, Erik Per Sullivan


Most 5th place votes

4Logan Lerman, Cole Sprouse
3Jesse McCartney, Max Thieriot


Biggest jump from 2004

Here are the 10 most giant leaps for mediaboykind in 2005 - a special congrats to Cayden Boyd for his 155 point surge, the biggest in poll history!

13168155Cayden Boyd
31168137Dean Collins
55168113Josh Hutcherson
63168105Kota Yabu
36139103Angus T. Jones
3112089Michael Cera
279871David Dorfman
67266Carter Jenkins
188062Yagira Yuuya
8513954David Henrie

CURIOSITY: 4 of these 10 (Boyd, Collins, Jenkins, Henrie) had regular or prominent roles on new shows in 2005.


Biggest slide from 2004

Here are the 10 who dropped the most. Though an ominous category, it helps to think that even the biggest slider didn't drop nearly as far as over half the jumpers rose:

10312-91Martin Spanjers
10313-90Zac Efron
11545-70Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak
11558-57Bobby Edner
639-54Cameron Bright
8536-49Anton Yelchin
11572-43Nick Benson
464-42Jake Thomas
7230-42John Patrick Amedori
8543-42Ryan Pinkston

CURIOSITY: 4 of these 10 (Spanjers, Efron, Benson, Pinkston) were on series that were cancelled in 2005.


Tightest stickers since 2004

The performers that moved the least since last year:

9101Erik Per Sullivan
108-2Daniel Radcliffe
27303Frankie Ryan Manriquez
2724-3Connor Paolo


Highest finish with no 1st place votes:

Devon Werkheiser (13rd place, 27 points, 9 mentions)

Lowest finish with a first place vote:

Note that for this statistic, only ballots with five names have been included.

Luke Benward (63rd place, 5 points, 1 mention)
Sean Berdy (63rd place, 5 points, 1 mention)
Taylor Boggan (63rd place, 5 points, 1 mention)
Cameron Bright (63rd place, 5 points, 1 mention)
Kota Yabu (63rd place, 5 points, 1 mention)


Best New Artists

Here are the Top 10 first time entrants to the poll with overall rank:

11William Moseley
12Liam Mower
16George Maguire
18Leon Cooke
18Skandar Keynes
18Taylor Lautner
18Tyler James Williams
23Chase Ellison
25James Lomas
27Adam Butcher

CURIOSITY: New artists tend to indicate who will win the poll the following year. Logan Lerman was 2003's BNA and went on to win in 2004, and Freddie Highmore was 2004's top poll debut.

CURIOSITY: Evidently this trend has to be broken this year - William Mosley's debut is also his last year of eligibility.


New entries50

Poll Skew:

Percentage of total points awarded that went to the Top 10:
34.24% = over 1/3

Percentage of actors that got just one vote:
43.28% = over 1/3

Other numbers of interest:

Average age of the Top 10:
13.2 (down from 14.1 last year)

Number of seconds we had to enjoy these worthy nominees in 2005:
31,536,001 (they added a second to the atomic clock in 2005 - sweet!)

Number of quintuplets that looked like each other in Quintuplets: 0.

Degrees turned collectively by Ryan Sheckler and the Z-Boys in Lords of Dogtown:
3600 (or some multiple of 360)

Record Powerball jackpot last fall we all wish we had won: $340,000,000



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