Once again, the most popular show after both airings of American Idol was Desperate Housewives. The Office was fourth that week, with a little less DVR viewing than normal because it was not up against a new CSI or a new Grey's Anatomy (as a result, you'll notice neither of those shows is on the list for that week).
This post ranks shows with the most absolute DVR viewing for the week ending April 20, 2008, unlike Bill's post which ranks shows with the biggest viewing increases due to DVRs. Of course tiny little insignificant CW shows with no viewing come out big on that list, but there is nothing like that to be found here. CBS did well placing eight shows on the list with Survivor: Micronesia, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Two and a Half Men being the Tiffany network's most watched shows via DVR.
ABC only placed four shows that week, with the aforementioned Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters and Boston Legal all bettering the more viewed overall Dancing With the Stars on this list.
Joining the Idol airings for FOX were the first new episode of Bones in a while, Hell's Kitchen, and the New Amsterdam finale.
In addition to The Office, NBC placed the consistently stable Medium along with Law & Order: SVU.
The Sunday airing of Big Brother that week had the highest percentage of overall DVR viewing occur on the same night I've ever seen. Over 88%! That has to be mostly time-shifting in one of its purest forms: commercial avoidance and fast forwarding through uninteresting parts of the show.
There were nine shows that didn't make this list but still had more than a million viewers via DVR: ER, Scrubs, The Biggest Loser, Big Brother-Tuesday, My Name is Earl, The Big Bang Theory, Eli Stone, Samantha Who? and the Dancing With the Stars Results show. My friend Tyra Banks didn't quite reach a million with America's Next Top Model, but was close with 994,000.
Top 20 DVR Broadcast Shows for the week ending April 20, 2008:
|Rank||Shows||Net||Live+7 (000s)||Live (000s)||DVR Audience (000s)||% increase Live to Live+7||Live+SD (000s)||% SD Viewers of DVR total|
|8||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||15,031||12,855||2,176||16.9%||13,937||49.72%|
|11||BROTHERS & SISTERS||ABC||11,170||9,542||1,628||17.1%||10,080||33.05%|
|15||LAW AND ORDER:SVU||NBC||14,290||12,727||1,563||12.3%||13,268||34.61%|
|16||HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER||CBS||8,741||7,310||1,431||19.6%||8,082||53.95%|
|18||DANCING WITH THE STARS||ABC||17,659||16,299||1,360||8.3%||17,198||66.10%|
|19||BIG BROTHER 9-SUN||CBS||6,649||5,310||1,339||25.2%||6,493||88.35%|
|20||BIG BROTHER 9-WED||CBS||6,415||5,144||1,271||24.7%||6,087||74.19%|
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.