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Fringe, Smallville, Office Keep DVRs Humming In Latest Week

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December 7th, 2009

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In the last full week before Thanksiving, Fringe (43%), Smallville (40%) and The Office (34%) posted the largest % ratings increases in Live+ 7 day DVR viewing from their Live+Same Day adults 18-49 ratings (November 16-22). As usual, the highest rated shows overall had the greatest absolute ratings increases, as Grey's Anatomy gained 1.5 adults 18-49 ratings points between its Live+SD and Live+7 periods.

Compare any of the shows below with their networks overall average Live+7 DVR adults 18-49 ratings increases for the week in question: CW (23%), Fox (19%), CBS (16%), ABC (15%), NBC (9%). Why's NBC's % so low? The Jay Leno Show + Sunday Night Football + Saturday Night repeats = 11 hours out of 22 with little DVR potential.

Sadly, the DVR data for the two weeks prior to this week seem to have been lost to the aether forever.

Disclaimer: all the numbers we have seen point to a scenario where the additional days of DVR viewing beyond the Live+SD numbers play almost no role in a shows’ fate.  In a recent conversation with the head of research for a broadcast network he agreed that perhaps 10% of the viewing beyond the Live+SD period serves to increase the C+3 commercial ratings that are used to price advertising, so it's not going to save shows with bad Live+SD ratings.

Note that the tables below contain adults 18-49 demo program ratings, not millions of viewers.

To see previous weeks most DVR'd TV Shows lists click here.

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Largest 18-49 Demo Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows (November 16-22):

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Ratings Increase Post Airdate Increase from DVR Viewing % of All Viewing By DVR Post Airdate
1 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC 5.06 6.51 1.5 29% 22%
2 HOUSE FOX 5.02 6.33 1.3 26% 21%
3 OFFICE NBC 3.67 4.90 1.2 34% 25%
4 Mentalist, THE CBS 3.73 4.75 1.0 27% 21%
5 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 5.03 6.02 1.0 20% 16%
6 Private Practice ABC 3.13 4.09 1.0 31% 23%
7 V ABC 3.10 4.05 1.0 31% 23%
8 Glee FOX 3.29 4.21 0.9 28% 22%
9 CSI CBS 3.55 4.43 0.9 25% 20%
10 Fringe FOX 2.01 2.88 0.9 43% 30%
11 30 ROCK NBC 2.84 3.64 0.8 28% 22%
12 FLASHFORWARD ABC 2.43 3.22 0.8 33% 25%
13 Modern Family ABC 3.70 4.47 0.8 21% 17%
14 Criminal Minds CBS 3.74 4.49 0.8 20% 17%
15 BONES FOX 2.66 3.38 0.7 27% 21%
16 NCIS CBS 4.10 4.81 0.7 17% 15%
17 HEROES NBC 2.20 2.85 0.7 30% 23%
18 Castle ABC 2.50 3.14 0.6 26% 20%
19 Family Guy FOX 3.87 4.50 0.6 16% 14%
20 How I Met Your Mother CBS 3.43 4.05 0.6 18% 15%
21 Two and a Half Men CBS 4.73 5.35 0.6 13% 12%
22 Law And Order:SVU NBC 2.59 3.17 0.6 22% 18%
23 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 3.38 3.95 0.6 17% 14%
24 CSI: MIAMI CBS 3.70 4.27 0.6 15% 13%
25 Cougar Town ABC 3.21 3.75 0.5 17% 14%

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The 18-49 Demo Increase From DVR Viewing ranks which of the top broadcast shows [by Live+7 viewers] had the largest absolute adults 18-49 ratings increase in viewing by DVR in their adults 18-49 Live+7 audience numbers from viewers watching shows after the airdate on their digital video recorders (DVRs).

Largest 18-49 Demo Percentage Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows (November 16-22):

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Ratings Increase Post Airdate Increase from DVR Viewing % of All Viewing By DVR Post Airdate
1 Fringe FOX 2.01 2.88 0.9 43% 30%
2 Smallville CW 1.07 1.50 0.4 40% 29%
3 OFFICE NBC 3.67 4.90 1.2 34% 25%
4 FLASHFORWARD ABC 2.43 3.22 0.8 33% 25%
5 Gossip Girl CW 1.21 1.59 0.4 31% 24%
6 MELROSE PLACE CW 0.81 1.06 0.3 31% 24%
7 Private Practice ABC 3.13 4.09 1.0 31% 23%
8 V ABC 3.10 4.05 1.0 31% 23%
9 HEROES NBC 2.20 2.85 0.7 30% 23%
10 Law And Order NBC 1.45 1.87 0.4 29% 22%
11 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC 5.06 6.51 1.5 29% 22%
12 30 ROCK NBC 2.84 3.64 0.8 28% 22%
13 Glee FOX 3.29 4.21 0.9 28% 22%
14 Mentalist, THE CBS 3.73 4.75 1.0 27% 21%
15 BONES FOX 2.66 3.38 0.7 27% 21%
16 HOUSE FOX 5.02 6.33 1.3 26% 21%
17 COMMUNITY NBC 2.01 2.53 0.5 26% 21%
18 Castle ABC 2.50 3.14 0.6 26% 20%
19 90210 CW 1.08 1.35 0.3 25% 20%
20 CSI CBS 3.55 4.43 0.9 25% 20%
21 Supernatural CW 1.23 1.51 0.3 23% 19%
22 NUMB3RS CBS 1.65 2.02 0.4 22% 18%
23 Law And Order:SVU NBC 2.59 3.17 0.6 22% 18%
24 GHOST WHISPERER CBS 2.04 2.48 0.4 22% 18%
25 PARKS AND RECREATION NBC 2.00 2.43 0.4 22% 18%

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The 18-49 Demo % Increase From DVR Viewing ranks which of the top broadcast shows [by Live+7 viewers] had the largest percentage adults 18-49 ratings increase in viewing by DVR in their adults 18-49 Live+7 audience numbers from viewers watching shows after the airdate on their digital video recorders (DVRs).
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Definitions:

DVR (Time-shifted) Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data –LiveLive+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day(Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

DVR Viewers Past Airdate - How many people watched the show on their DVRs within 7 days following the airdate

% of All Viewing By DVR Past Airdate - Of the total viewing of that particular episode, what percentage was done via DVR.

Because of emerging practices in the TV media, and our access to the relevant data, we're making a pretty fundamental change in the way we present DVR data. Up until the 2009-2010 season, we used the show's Live program rating or viewership as the base upon which the Live+7 day DVR viewing was added. Now, the press seems to be standardizing around using Live+Same Day DVR viewing as the base for the calculations, plus our access to Live ratings is somewhat erratic and restricted. While there are both positive and negative aspects to basing increases on Live+SD, after discussion, Robert and I decided to make the change.

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