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Top Time-Shifted Broadcast Shows, February 18-24

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March 10th, 2008

ABC’s LOST

Lost Has A Time-Shifted Audience of 3.7 Million

With 3.71 million time-shifted (DVR) viewers, Lost had the largest absolute time-shifted audience in the week of February 18-24, followed by Tuesday's American Idol with 3.48 million time-shifted viewers. This is the first week in quite some time that the same show, Lost, had both the largest absolute time-shifted audience as well as the largest % increase via time-shifting.

NBC had the most shows (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 LOST ABC 15,438 11,728 3,710 31.6%
2 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 30,183 26,705 3,478 13.0%
3 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 30,196 26,724 3,472 13.0%
4 American Idol THU 2/21 FOX 24,449 21,424 3,025 14.1%
5 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 13,665 11,407 2,258 19.8%
6 ACADEMY AWARDS ABC 32,268 30,341 1,927 6.4%
7 TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES FOX 9,186 7,410 1,776 24.0%
8 MEDIUM NBC 9,519 7,951 1,568 19.7%
9 APPRENTICE 7 NBC 8,848 7,340 1,508 20.5%
10 BOSTON LEGAL ABC 8,527 7,055 1,472 20.9%
11 Big Brother 9-SUN CBS 6,184 4,749 1,435 30.2%
12 Law And Order NBC 11,783 10,435 1,348 12.9%
13 Big Brother 9-WED CBS 5,796 4,482 1,314 29.3%
14 Big Brother 9-TUE CBS 6,012 4,743 1,269 26.8%
15 JERICHO CBS 6,745 5,506 1,239 22.5%
16 ELI STONE ABC 8,053 6,866 1,187 17.3%
17 PRISON BREAK FOX 7,832 6,686 1,146 17.1%
18 Biggest Loser 5 NBC 8,567 7,470 1,097 14.7%
19 LIPSTICK JUNGLE NBC 6,444 5,385 1,059 19.7%
20 CASHMERE MAFIA ABC 5,499 4,512 987 21.9%

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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Lost Has A 31.6% Increase Via DVR Viewing

For the week of February 18-24, ABC's Lost's audience increased by 31.6% over the 11.73 million that watched it Live giving it a Live+7 audience of 15.44 million, making it the leading broadcast show for % increase in viewing via DVR, as well as the largest absolute time-shifted audience.

Showing that Big Brother is a favorite among the time-shifting set, Sunday's Big Brother had its audience increase by 30.2% over its Live airing placing it second for the week. Both Tuesday and Wednesday's Big Brother and One Tree Hill round out the largest % increase Top 5. NBC had the most time-shifted shows on a % basis with 5 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 LOST ABC 15,438 11,728 3,710 31.6%
2 BIG BROTHER 9-SUN CBS 6,184 4,749 1,435 30.2%
3 BIG BROTHER 9-WED CBS 5,796 4,482 1,314 29.3%
4 BIG BROTHER 9-TUE CBS 6,012 4,743 1,269 26.8%
5 One Tree Hill CW 3,217 2,548 669 26.3%
6 TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES FOX 9,186 7,410 1,776 24.0%
7 JERICHO CBS 6,745 5,506 1,239 22.5%
8 CASHMERE MAFIA ABC 5,499 4,512 987 21.9%
9 AMERICA'S Top Model CW 4,317 3,545 772 21.8%
10 BOSTON LEGAL ABC 8,527 7,055 1,472 20.9%
11 APPRENTICE 7 NBC 8,848 7,340 1,508 20.5%
12 OCTOBER ROAD ABC 4,910 4,081 829 20.3%
13 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 13,665 11,407 2,258 19.8%
14 MEDIUM NBC 9,519 7,951 1,568 19.7%
15 LIPSTICK JUNGLE NBC 6,444 5,385 1,059 19.7%
16 PARADISE HOTEL 2 MNT 1,192 1,008 184 18.3%
17 ELI STONE ABC 8,053 6,866 1,187 17.3%
18 PRISON BREAK FOX 7,832 6,686 1,146 17.1%
19 Supernatural CW 3,589 3,107 482 15.5%
20 Biggest Loser 5 NBC 8,567 7,470 1,097 14.7%

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.

 
  • frankj

    That is one amazingly steady DVR following for Sarah Connor. Live viewership kept dropping, but even going back to the premier, DVR usage hovers right around 1.8 million.

    It seems like a lot of other shows are all over the place with their DVR numbers. Any reason why Sarah Connor is different?

  • frankj

    That is one amazingly steady DVR following for Sarah Connor. Live viewership kept dropping, but even going back to the premier, DVR usage hovers right around 1.8 million.

    It seems like a lot of other shows are all over the place with their DVR numbers. Any reason why Sarah Connor is different?

  • http://www.jerichorises.com Tom

    Jericho is doing pretty good for its time slot after DVR ratings

  • http://www.jerichorises.com Tom

    Jericho is doing pretty good for its time slot after DVR ratings

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Frank, of course there’s a reason:

    Summer Glau! :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Frank, of course there's a reason:

    Summer Glau! :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    To Tom’s point about Jericho, note that Boston Legal, which was opposite Jericho that week had even more time-shifted viewers than Jericho.

    NBC ran a Law&Order:SVU repeat which had a Live+7 viewership of 9.454 million, and a timeshifting increase of 3.4%, which you’d expect since reruns are rarely highly time-shifted.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    To Tom's point about Jericho, note that Boston Legal, which was opposite Jericho that week had even more time-shifted viewers than Jericho.

    NBC ran a Law&Order;:SVU repeat which had a Live+7 viewership of 9.454 million, and a timeshifting increase of 3.4%, which you'd expect since reruns are rarely highly time-shifted.

  • Andy

    Is there a chance Boston Legal will be renewed? It’s numbers aren’t too hot right now. I really like the show, so I’m hoping the final 6 episodes rebound in the ratings.

  • Andy

    Is there a chance Boston Legal will be renewed? It's numbers aren't too hot right now. I really like the show, so I'm hoping the final 6 episodes rebound in the ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Andy — purely speculative but anecdotally it seems BL sells a lot of DVDs. If ABC is willing to pick up according to Jim for its syndication value, the same may be true for BL with the added benefit of DVD revenue.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Andy — purely speculative but anecdotally it seems BL sells a lot of DVDs. If ABC is willing to pick up according to Jim for its syndication value, the same may be true for BL with the added benefit of DVD revenue.

  • Andy

    Mmmm….Summer Glau. Already starting to miss Terminator.

  • Andy

    Mmmm….Summer Glau. Already starting to miss Terminator.

  • nk

    remember BL had a lead in of something like 4 million from carpoolers. they have pretty good numbers considering that. on the negative side, BL is produced by Fox not ABC so ABC has no real interest in the syndicated value of it. it was just sold into syndication, as well as to ION. so with the dvd sales… if ABC passes maybe Fox would find another place for it.

  • nk

    remember BL had a lead in of something like 4 million from carpoolers. they have pretty good numbers considering that. on the negative side, BL is produced by Fox not ABC so ABC has no real interest in the syndicated value of it. it was just sold into syndication, as well as to ION. so with the dvd sales… if ABC passes maybe Fox would find another place for it.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php Jon V

    A real potpourri of different types of shows in this list. I think it says something about each – and viewers habits – but not sure what.

    If I were a Net/Boss, I would pay attention to these numbers. They portend the future of TV, to some degree. If I were a producer, I would not mind my show making this list (theoretically). It may not be good for business, but I know that I only DVR my favorites, so I would be projecting that same process on my viewership.

    (p.s. – I’ll mention this here as well as Sunday’s Nielsen results… haven’t rec’d my daily email from TVbtN in a coupla days – what’s up with that.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php Jon V

    A real potpourri of different types of shows in this list. I think it says something about each – and viewers habits – but not sure what.

    If I were a Net/Boss, I would pay attention to these numbers. They portend the future of TV, to some degree. If I were a producer, I would not mind my show making this list (theoretically). It may not be good for business, but I know that I only DVR my favorites, so I would be projecting that same process on my viewership.

    (p.s. – I'll mention this here as well as Sunday's Nielsen results… haven't rec'd my daily email from TVbtN in a coupla days – what's up with that.

  • frankj

    hahaha….true enough, Robert.

  • frankj

    hahaha….true enough, Robert.

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