Save the cheerleader save the world? We don't know about that, but we do know people watching Heroes on their DVRs made the difference between Heroes having a top 20 ranking for the week of Oct 8-14 and Heroes not having a top 20 ranking.
On a live viewing basis, Heroes was #28. In Live+SD (same day DVR viewing) it was #24, but in the Total Viewer Rankings, it was #20. Overall, DVR viewing did not shake up the rankings much.
Other than order, the top 10 shows were exactly the same. In fact, Heroes is the only change in the entire top 20. It bumped Extreme Makeover: Home Ed., #18 among live viewers.
Total Viewers Top 20 List Oct 8-14:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||ORIG||# OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+7) (000)||Rank Live||Rank Change|
|3||DANCING W/THE STARS-MON||ABC||20065||1||-2|
|8||DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU||ABC||16905||7||-1|
|12||WITHOUT A TRACE||CBS||14404||12||0|
|15||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||13899||16||+1|
|17||BROTHERS & SISTERS||ABC||13401||17||0|
|18||LAW AND ORDER:SVU||NBC||13264||19||+1|
|19||DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED||NBC||12672||15||-4|
You can compare these results with Live+SD (same day DVR viewing) rankings for the same time period here.
Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.