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Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Tops Absolute Ratings, 'Fringe' Tops % Gains, 'The Mentalist' Tops Total Viewer Gains in Week 32

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May 14th, 2012

Our source for Live+7 DVR ratings includes only original, regular programs, excluding both repeats (which are unlikely to be heavily DVR viewed) and "specials". There were 78 such programs in the data for the week ending April 29.

During week thirty-two of the 2011-12 broadcast season  (April 23, 2012 - April 29, 2012)  Big Bang Theory topped the rankings for the week's DVR viewing adults 18-49 ratings gains.  Between the Live+Same Day period (as reported in all our other ratings posts) and the Live + 7 Day measurement periods Big Bang Theory posted a substantial gain of 1.7 adults 18-49 ratings points.

Fringe had the largest percentage gain with a 80.0% 18-49 ratings increase from DVR viewing.

The Mentalist led the absolute average viewership gained from DVR viewing adding 3.467 million viewers via DVR between the Live+Same Day and Live + 7 day measurement periods.

Largest 18-49 Ratings Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Shows Net 18-49 L+SD (Rating) 18-49 L+7 (Rating) Post Airdate Increase (Absolute) Post Airdate Increase (%)
1 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/26 CBS 4.1 5.8 1.7 41.5%
2 New Girl-04/24 FOX 2.6 4.1 1.5 57.7%
3 GREY'S ANATOMY-04/26 ABC 3.3 4.7 1.4 42.4%
4 OFFICE-04/26 NBC 2.1 3.4 1.3 61.9%
5 Glee-04/24 FOX 2.7 4.0 1.3 48.1%
6 SMASH-04/23 NBC 2.0 3.1 1.1 55.0%
7 REVENGE-04/25 ABC 2.1 3.2 1.1 52.4%
8 Grimm-04/27 NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71.4%
9 Private Practice-04/24 ABC 2.2 3.2 1.0 45.5%
10 HOUSE-04/23 FOX 2.3 3.3 1.0 43.5%
11 Person Of Interest-04/26 CBS 2.4 3.4 1.0 41.7%
12 Family Guy-04/29 FOX 2.8 3.8 1.0 35.7%
13 Law And Order:SVU-04/25 NBC 1.7 2.6 0.9 52.9%
14 PARKS AND RECREATION-04/26 NBC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56.3%
15 Mentalist, THE-04/26 CBS 2.2 3.1 0.9 40.9%
16 BONES-04/23 FOX 2.2 3.1 0.9 40.9%
17 Desperate Housewives-04/29 ABC 2.5 3.4 0.9 36.0%
18 Once Upon A Time-04/29 ABC 3.0 3.9 0.9 30.0%
19 Fringe-04/27 FOX 1.0 1.8 0.8 80.0%
20 30 ROCK-04/26 NBC 1.6 2.4 0.8 50.0%
21 VOICE-04/23 NBC 3.8 4.6 0.8 21.1%
22 COMMUNITY-04/26 NBC 1.4 2.1 0.7 50.0%
23 Blue Bloods-04/27 CBS 1.5 2.2 0.7 46.7%
24 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-04/25 FOX 4.8 5.5 0.7 14.6%
25 GCB-04/29 ABC 1.8 2.5 0.7 38.9%

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The 18-49 Demo Increase From DVR Viewing ranks which of the top broadcast shows [by Live+7 adults 18-49 ratings] 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:

Rank Shows Net 18-49 L+SD (Rating) 18-49 L+7 (Rating) Post Airdate Increase (Absolute) Post Airdate Increase (%)
1 Fringe-04/27 FOX 1.0 1.8 0.8 80.0%
2 Grimm-04/27 NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71.4%
3 OFFICE-04/26 NBC 2.1 3.4 1.3 61.9%
4 Hart Of Dixie-04/23 CW 0.5 0.8 0.3 60.0%
5 FIRM-04/28 NBC 0.5 0.8 0.3 60.0%
6 New Girl-04/24 FOX 2.6 4.1 1.5 57.7%
7 Supernatural-04/27 CW 0.7 1.1 0.4 57.1%
8 PARKS AND RECREATION-04/26 NBC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56.3%
9 SMASH-04/23 NBC 2.0 3.1 1.1 55.0%
10 Law And Order:SVU-04/25 NBC 1.7 2.6 0.9 52.9%
11 REVENGE-04/25 ABC 2.1 3.2 1.1 52.4%
12 COMMUNITY-04/26 NBC 1.4 2.1 0.7 50.0%
13 SECRET CIRCLE-04/26 CW 0.6 0.9 0.3 50.0%
14 30 ROCK-04/26 NBC 1.6 2.4 0.8 50.0%
15 AWAKE-04/26 NBC 0.8 1.2 0.4 50.0%
16 HARRY'S LAW-04/29 NBC 0.8 1.2 0.4 50.0%
17 Nikita-04/27 CW 0.4 0.6 0.2 50.0%
18 Glee-04/24 FOX 2.7 4.0 1.3 48.1%
19 Blue Bloods-04/27 CBS 1.5 2.2 0.7 46.7%
20 Private Practice-04/24 ABC 2.2 3.2 1.0 45.5%
21 Vampire Diaries-04/26 CW 1.1 1.6 0.5 45.5%
22 FINDER-04/27 FOX 1.1 1.6 0.5 45.5%
23 HOUSE-04/23 FOX 2.3 3.3 1.0 43.5%
24 GREY'S ANATOMY-04/26 ABC 3.3 4.7 1.4 42.4%
25 Person Of Interest-04/26 CBS 2.4 3.4 1.0 41.7%

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The 18-49 Demo Increase From DVR Viewing ranks which of the top broadcast shows [by Live+7 adults 18-49 ratings] 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 Average Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing for Broadcast TV Shows:

Rank Shows Net Total Viewers L+SD (000) Total Viewers L+7 (000) Post Airdate Increase (Absolute) Post Airdate Increase (%)
1 Mentalist, THE-04/26 CBS 12030 15497 3467 28.8%
2 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/26 CBS 12677 16026 3349 26.4%
3 Person Of Interest-04/26 CBS 12727 15857 3130 24.6%
4 GREY'S ANATOMY-04/26 ABC 9454 12336 2882 30.5%
5 Blue Bloods-04/27 CBS 10467 13194 2727 26.1%
6 Glee-04/24 FOX 6895 9605 2710 39.3%
7 REVENGE-04/25 ABC 7027 9698 2671 38.0%
8 SMASH-04/23 NBC 6008 8534 2526 42.0%
9 New Girl-04/24 FOX 5202 7686 2484 47.8%
10 BONES-04/23 FOX 7376 9819 2443 33.1%
11 Grimm-04/27 NBC 4368 6729 2361 54.1%
12 HOUSE-04/23 FOX 6492 8647 2155 33.2%
13 Once Upon A Time-04/29 ABC 9198 11299 2101 22.8%
14 Law And Order:SVU-04/25 NBC 6561 8643 2082 31.7%
15 OFFICE-04/26 NBC 4171 6183 2012 48.2%
16 Desperate Housewives-04/29 ABC 8009 9996 1987 24.8%
17 Private Practice-04/24 ABC 8129 10068 1939 23.9%
18 CSI: NY-04/27 CBS 9126 10921 1795 19.7%
19 Touch-04/26 FOX 6430 8204 1774 27.6%
20 Good Wife, THE-04/29 CBS 9958 11731 1773 17.8%
21 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-04/25 FOX 16867 18602 1735 10.3%
22 Family Guy-04/29 FOX 5633 7355 1722 30.6%
23 HARRY'S LAW-04/29 NBC 7338 9055 1717 23.4%
24 VOICE-04/23 NBC 10314 12006 1692 16.4%
25 SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD-04/25 CBS 9811 11416 1605 16.4%

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The average viewership increase From DVR Viewing ranks which of the top broadcast shows [by Live+7 viewers] had the largest absolute increase in average viewership by DVR between the Live + Same Day and Live + 7 day ratings measurements.

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Definitions:

DVR (Time-shifted) Adults 18-49 Ratings – 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) ratings 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 Ratings Increase Past Airdate - How many people watched the show on their DVRs within 7 days following the airdate

Until the 2009-2010 season, we used a 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, so that's what we do now as well.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data:©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • SteveO

    Why can’t people just watch things live — would make everything so much easier.

  • Holly

    Why can’t people just watch things live — would make everything so much easier.

    Les Moonves, is that you?

  • KS

    Supernatural – 1.1 as always.

  • DougF

    Another Live+7, another 0.4 +7 Day and another 1.1 Live+7 for SPN

  • Jack

    @SteveO

    Lol, who has time to watch tv live nowadays? Im a college student and I DVR every single show I watch (which is a lot, around 14) and then watch them on Friday and the weekend. DVRing shows allows flexibility and saves time since you can skip the commercials. The only thing I actually watch live is hockey…

    I wonder if I’m the only person that does this.

  • jamie

    @SteveO

    It’s such a chore. The last thing I can remember watching live is the second season of “V” and occasionally OUAT.

  • coolioni

    Looking forward to this weeks season finale to Supernatural !
    I can’t get eneough of the show !

  • SarahL

    As usual Grimm kicking butts and taking names in the DVR viewing. I notice that Community has similar ratings. Hopefully, they are solid performers on Fridays next season.

    I say it every week: Damn it, people, watch live!

  • SteveO

    Oh I don’t watch anything live either. I agree it’s hard to find time, but I just wish things were different. I remember the days when if I didn’t watch a show, I was out of the loop at school.

    But it’s all good, I guess.

  • Fed

    No Modern Family? Strange.

  • KS

    The Secret Circle has higher ratings than Nikita and Hart of Dixie in the above list. But, TSC cancellation is fantastic decision taken by CW in all its life time.

  • Hades

    Isn’t Nikita down 0.1 from the previous week?

  • JC

    @SteveO how would I watch Castle ad H50 if I watched everything live?

  • Mr Mumble

    Community fans can look forward to their show being near the top of the percentage increase chart next season :(

  • Allen

    Impressive for New Girl, and quite disappointing for the NBC sitcoms that we all love dearly. Ugh.

  • LivingProof

    @KS
    Yes , that was a great decision to cancel The Secret Circle !

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @Fed No MF episode that week. Not strange.

  • Melanie

    Supernatural — steady as a rock.

  • Tyrese

    @KS & LivingProof:

    Yeah great decision to cancel TSC…. Nikita will hit 0.2, HOD will hit 0.3/0.4 next Season if they are lucky….

    I can imagine Nikita beeing canceled during the 3rd Season and replaced immediately if it doesn’t do better…. i love Nikita but i don’t think it will… whoever Maggie Q is f**king right now, she’s f**king him for nothing.

  • Tyrese

    …will do better after, sorry.

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