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Top Time-Shifted Broadcast Shows, February 4-10

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February 25th, 2008

Wednesday's American Idol Has a Time-shifted Audience of 4.1 Million

With 4.08 million time-shifted (DVR) viewers, Wednesday's American Idol had the largest absolute time-shifted audience in the week of February 4-10, followed by Tuesday's American Idol with 3.69 million time-shifted viewers.

NBC and Fox both had 6 out of the top 20 in absolute time-shifted audience size.

Top 20 Largest Time-shifted Audience Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Programs Network Persons Live+7 (000) Persons Live (000) Timeshifed Audience (000s) % Increase Over Live
1 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 27,600 23,521 4,079 17.3%
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 29,208 25,515 3,693 14.5%
3 HOUSE FOX 25,278 21,703 3,575 16.5%
4 LOST ABC 16,963 13,511 3,452 25.5%
5 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 15,086 12,880 2,206 17.1%
6 TERMINATOR: SRH CNR CHRON FOX 10,021 8,154 1,867 22.9%
7 CSI: NY CBS 11,478 9,823 1,655 16.8%
8 LAS VEGAS NBC 8,600 7,006 1,594 22.8%
9 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 9,745 8,187 1,558 19.0%
10 ELI STONE ABC 9,888 8,398 1,490 17.7%
11 MOMENT OF TRUTH FOX 17,173 15,791 1,382 8.8%
12 PRISON BREAK FOX 8,140 6,813 1,327 19.5%
13 APPRENTICE 7 NBC 9,245 8,025 1,220 15.2%
14 Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. ABC 16,253 15,096 1,157 7.7%
15 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS NBC 5,762 4,696 1,066 22.7%
16 Law And Order NBC 10,791 9,734 1,057 10.9%
17 CASHMERE MAFIA ABC 5,943 4,910 1,033 21.0%
18 LIPSTICK JUNGLE NBC 8,238 7,276 962 13.2%
19 Smallville CW 4,528 3,590 938 26.1%
20 Biggest Loser 5 NBC 7,772 6,875 897 13.0%

The Largest Time-shifting Audience table ranks which of the Top 150 broadcast shows [by Live+7 viewers] had the largest absolute number of time-shifted viewers on their digital video recorders (DVRs).

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One Tree Hill Has A 26.8% Increase Via DVR Viewing

For the week of February 4-10, CW's One Tree Hill's audience increased by 30.8% over the 2.48 million that watched it Live giving it a Live+7 audience of 3.24 million, once again making it the leading broadcast show for % increase in viewing via DVR.

Smallville had its audience increase by 26.1% over its Live airing placing it second for the week. Lost, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and Las Vegas round out the largest % increase Top 5. Fox and CW tied for the most time-shifted shows on a % basis with 6 of the 20.

Top 20 Most % Time-shifted Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Programs Network Persons Live+7 (000) Persons Live (000) Timeshifed Audience (000s) % Increase Over Live
1 One Tree Hill CW 3,238 2,476 762 30.8%
2 Smallville CW 4,528 3,590 938 26.1%
3 LOST ABC 16,963 13,511 3,452 25.5%
4 TERMINATOR: SRH CNR CHRON FOX 10,021 8,154 1,867 22.9%
5 LAS VEGAS NBC 8,600 7,006 1,594 22.8%
6 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS NBC 5,762 4,696 1,066 22.7%
7 Supernatural CW 3,103 2,534 569 22.5%
8 CASHMERE MAFIA ABC 5,943 4,910 1,033 21.0%
9 PRISON BREAK FOX 8,140 6,813 1,327 19.5%
10 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 9,745 8,187 1,558 19.0%
11 Top Model EXPOSED CW 1,962 1,659 303 18.3%
12 ELI STONE ABC 9,888 8,398 1,490 17.7%
13 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 27,600 23,521 4,079 17.3%
14 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 15,086 12,880 2,206 17.1%
15 CSI: NY CBS 11,478 9,823 1,655 16.8%
16 PARADISE HOTEL 2 MNT 1,197 1,027 170 16.6%
17 HOUSE FOX 25,278 21,703 3,575 16.5%
18 APPRENTICE 7 NBC 9,245 8,025 1,220 15.2%
19 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 29,208 25,515 3,693 14.5%
20 THE GAME CW 2,301 2,024 277 13.7%

The % Time-shifting table ranks which of the Top 150 broadcast shows [by Live+7 viewers] had the largest % increase in viewing between Live audience and Live+7 audience numbers from viewers watching shows later on their digital video recorders (DVRs).

 

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Josh

    I would love to see if Big Brother 9 and Jericho numbers increase with DVR viewing.

  • Josh

    I would love to see if Big Brother 9 and Jericho numbers increase with DVR viewing.

  • Tony

    Hi, I had a question. Last Monday feb 25 Terminator had it's lowest ratings to date, dropping a million viewers. But the show is always very high in the live +7 numbers. Do you think the movie that starred Diddy made even more people DVR it than usual or did people really drop this show? I know you don't have facts yet but can you do an educated guess. Reason I'm asking is because I love this show and I don't know how important these live +7 numbers are for the networks. Thanks in advance!

  • Tony

    Hi, I had a question. Last Monday feb 25 Terminator had it’s lowest ratings to date, dropping a million viewers. But the show is always very high in the live +7 numbers. Do you think the movie that starred Diddy made even more people DVR it than usual or did people really drop this show? I know you don’t have facts yet but can you do an educated guess. Reason I’m asking is because I love this show and I don’t know how important these live +7 numbers are for the networks. Thanks in advance!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Tony – a complete guess and we will not know for sure until March 17. My guesses:

    There will likely be another million or so added via DVR to the 2/25 numbers when the live+7 numbers are available. I'm not sure any of that matters at all, or whether poorer performance up against Raisin matters. The show has done well, particularly in the 18-49 demo. More important perhaps is how the ratings are for the 2 hour season-finale on 3/3.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Tony – a complete guess and we will not know for sure until March 17. My guesses:

    There will likely be another million or so added via DVR to the 2/25 numbers when the live+7 numbers are available. I’m not sure any of that matters at all, or whether poorer performance up against Raisin matters. The show has done well, particularly in the 18-49 demo. More important perhaps is how the ratings are for the 2 hour season-finale on 3/3.

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