You're half right with your second suggestion. Instead of adding each metric, create a dummy ad-hoc calculation (e.g. SUM(0)) in the rows shelf, one for each metric, then convert the mark type on each marks card to Text and drop your required metrics onto the text section:
You will then be able to format each row individually.
Hope this helps!
I'm not sure I completely follow. I can create a dummy and add it to the shelf, which does allow me to format each row, but it still isn't allowing me to create a table. It looks like it might still think it's a graph on the example.
I did come across this, and it might be the best option. The only issue is that is doesn't allow me to format rows one through three based on say the third variable, as you could if you only had the first three rows, as is the case here....
Still, this might be the best option available to me?
You're correct does still register as a graph; you have to do a bit of formatting in terms of removing zero lines etc. You can end up with a table effect, but it won't be a "true" table. Apologies, I should have been more transparent in my explanation!