DVR Battles: Supernatural vs. Reaper

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October 23rd, 2007

questionmark.jpgWe know there are some questions from the loyal Supernatural fanbase regarding how it's doing ratings wise vs. Reaper and what is the impact of people watching via DVR for both shows.  For the week of October 1-7, while Supernatural had a slightly bigger live audience, Reaper had almost twice as many viewers via DVR.  No Reaper fans, I didn't make that number up. Spooky!

Week of Oct 1-7, 2007 LIVE LIVE+7 Difference
Reaper 2712 3378 666
Supernatural 2849 3199 350

 
  • Robert Seidman

    Charles: not freaking out it's definitely good to clarify. These live numbers came from Nielsen. The “Live” numbers for weekly broadcast primetimes shows are posted weekly every Tuesday and may differ from other Live “final” numbers you see two days after the show has aired. Those final #'s are LIVE+SD and include Same Day DVR usage.

    In the figures I used in the Table, I used *Live* viewing so that I could completely separate out the DVR usage. Hope that makes sense (and yes, Live+SD — same day DVR usage was was 2.966 million.)

  • Robert Seidman

    Charles: not freaking out it’s definitely good to clarify. These live numbers came from Nielsen. The “Live” numbers for weekly broadcast primetimes shows are posted weekly every Tuesday and may differ from other Live “final” numbers you see two days after the show has aired. Those final #’s are LIVE+SD and include Same Day DVR usage.

    In the figures I used in the Table, I used *Live* viewing so that I could completely separate out the DVR usage. Hope that makes sense (and yes, Live+SD — same day DVR usage was was 2.966 million.)

  • wenart25

    Thank you so much for taking the time out to post those numbers Robert. It is really nice to see SN standing on its own, in the rough timeslot it has. And thanks for posting the DVR numbers as well. As Galveston said, anything is better than nothing!

    Peace!!

  • wenart25

    Thank you so much for taking the time out to post those numbers Robert. It is really nice to see SN standing on its own, in the rough timeslot it has. And thanks for posting the DVR numbers as well. As Galveston said, anything is better than nothing!

    Peace!!

  • Mel

    Thank you for posting those numbers, Robert.
    I am interested in how all of the hour long CW shows do with DVR viewing. Those bumps may not mean much to the CSI’s on the schedule, but to Supernatural it could be the difference between season 4 and cancellation. I am surprised also about Reaper as the CW used DVR numbers as a reason for the quick pick up of Gossip Girl.

  • Mel

    Thank you for posting those numbers, Robert.
    I am interested in how all of the hour long CW shows do with DVR viewing. Those bumps may not mean much to the CSI's on the schedule, but to Supernatural it could be the difference between season 4 and cancellation. I am surprised also about Reaper as the CW used DVR numbers as a reason for the quick pick up of Gossip Girl.

  • Robert Seidman

    You’re welcome, Mel. Gorman insisted I do a DVR Battle that includes his beloved Gossip Girl. I’ll compare it to Smallville and get you a view of 2 more CW hour long shows. I’ll try to get that up over the weekend.

  • Robert Seidman

    You're welcome, Mel. Gorman insisted I do a DVR Battle that includes his beloved Gossip Girl. I'll compare it to Smallville and get you a view of 2 more CW hour long shows. I'll try to get that up over the weekend.

  • Mel

    hey Robert, Can you update this for a few more weeks worth of DVRing?
    Did you catch Thursday's awesome ep of Supernatural?
    Thanks,
    Mel

  • Mel

    hey Robert, Can you update this for a few more weeks worth of DVRing?
    Did you catch Thursday’s awesome ep of Supernatural?
    Thanks,
    Mel

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Hi Mel — because the LIVE+7 info tracks so far behind (it's almost 3 weeks old by the time its available) I'm moving to doing tables for the Top 20 shows or so, plus some fan favorites on a LIVE+SD basis with age demographic info. Supernatural's is here.

    Supernatural is one of my new favorites. I didn't think I would like this show, but I was wrong — I enjoy it a lot. I just started catching up a week or so ago and already I'm almost at the end of season 2. I'll be caught up before the week is done.

    I'll add the ratings for last Thursday's episode Tuesday or Wednesday (we don't have the data yet).

  • Mel

    Thanks, Robert! It really is a great show, I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Hi Mel — because the LIVE+7 info tracks so far behind (it’s almost 3 weeks old by the time its available) I’m moving to doing tables for the Top 20 shows or so, plus some fan favorites on a LIVE+SD basis with age demographic info. Supernatural’s is here.

    Supernatural is one of my new favorites. I didn’t think I would like this show, but I was wrong — I enjoy it a lot. I just started catching up a week or so ago and already I’m almost at the end of season 2. I’ll be caught up before the week is done.

    I’ll add the ratings for last Thursday’s episode Tuesday or Wednesday (we don’t have the data yet).

  • Mel

    Thanks, Robert! It really is a great show, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.

  • Mel

    Hi Robert,
    I was wondering how Supernatural and actually all of the CW dramas were doing in time shifting.

    For the big hit shows like Grey's and CSI the 7 day numbers are just an intersting post script. For the CW shows and possibly bubble shows like Moonlight and Sarah Conners it might have an impact on decision making come pick up time.

    If you have the CW shows' numbers posted someplace already, i apologize — but I couldn't find it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Hi Mel, we don't do this specifically for CW shows, but Bill regularly produces Live+7 numbers for the top 20 shows (both in terms of % increase due to DVR and absolute DVR #s). Many of the CW shows show up.

    This data trails the normal data by over two weeks. We won't have 2/11-2/17 until Monday March 3, but if you comb through the older stuff, you can get an idea of how the CW shows do in terms of DVR use.

  • Mel

    Hi Robert,
    I was wondering how Supernatural and actually all of the CW dramas were doing in time shifting.

    For the big hit shows like Grey’s and CSI the 7 day numbers are just an intersting post script. For the CW shows and possibly bubble shows like Moonlight and Sarah Conners it might have an impact on decision making come pick up time.

    If you have the CW shows’ numbers posted someplace already, i apologize — but I couldn’t find it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Hi Mel, we don’t do this specifically for CW shows, but Bill regularly produces Live+7 numbers for the top 20 shows (both in terms of % increase due to DVR and absolute DVR #s). Many of the CW shows show up.

    This data trails the normal data by over two weeks. We won’t have 2/11-2/17 until Monday March 3, but if you comb through the older stuff, you can get an idea of how the CW shows do in terms of DVR use.

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