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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.

 
  • j

    Somewhat not relevant. But yay for Revenge anyway.

  • Freddy Arrow

    Like others, I only watch sports live. It’s been that way for over 5 years for me. Heck, a lot of my viewing doesn’t even fall into the +7 category. More like +70 or so sometimes. When I get behind on a show, I’ll often just let it accumulate and then catch up all at once over a few days.

  • Sid

    “whoever Maggie Q is f**king right now, she’s f**king him for nothing.”

    Was that statement really necessary?

  • A

    wow cw is so retarded its not even funny.

    Secret Circle has seriously decent ratings for cw standards and since its cancellation; fans have been working hard to save it. They are writing on ABC Family’s facebook wall for them to consider picking the show up.

    It’ll actually be a good fit for that network.

  • Christy

    I was told at this time of year, it’s baseball season and a lot of people want to be out side. That is why they use there DVR is so they can watch there shows when they come home or save it for another day.

  • Tessa

    @A and others

    The Secret Circle and Ringer were shows the CW put all its hopes on, spent most its money on, and expected the most from. TSC was supposed to be their next Vampire Diaries and for that reason it was given the best time slot and the highest promotion (along with Ringer.) If we compare the network to a company they were the VPs while Nikita and HoD were say, the janitors. If a janitor underperforms you reprimand them but don’t necessarily fire them. However if a VP underperforms and costs the company millions you can be sure as hell they get fired. That is what happened to Circle and Ringer. They were propped up, promoted, pampered and padded, yet they did the same work, or worse, than the their lowly, neglected brethrens so they were the ones kicked out the door.

  • Alex

    @Jack I’m in the exact same boat as you. College + too many TV shows to follow requires the use of a DVR with a very large storage capacity :)

  • Walter Bishop

    No, people cannot watch FRINGE live. It has alot to do with Quantum Mechanics. And time shifting of atomic particles.

  • Nancy

    Well when CSI and SVU are on at the same time. You can’t watch live! If you work and a show you like is on at the same time you are working you can’t watch Live! I try and watch my tv shows live (and tape them as I watch if I really like the show) but sometimes I just can’t. I had to shift my schedule to watch Chuck live and that was only for 13 episodes. I can’t and won’t do it for anything less. Seriously, with so many choices and shows on cable and broadcast competing against each other sometimes you can’t watch live!

  • Steve-A

    PEOPLE HAVE SEVERAL SHOWS THAT OVERLAP. OR THEYRE NOT ABLE TO WATCH THEIR SHOWS WHEN THEY COME ON. I SAY BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

  • H8R

    I’m 14 and I watch 15 shows!
    Top 15
    15. Hart of Dixie
    14. Whitney
    13. The Simpsons
    12. Bones
    11. The Secret Circle
    10. The Cleveland Show
    9. Grimm
    8. Unforgettable
    7. The Big Bang Theory
    6. 2 Broke Girls
    5. American Dad
    4. The Middle
    3. Don’t trust the b— in apt.23
    2. Family Guy
    1. Bob’s burgers
    Probably Won’t be watching a lot of tv anymore getting an iPhone tommorow!

  • Spencer

    @H8R
    I agree with 99% of your thing only my #1 would be Are You There Chlesea

  • The End

    @Sid

    He could of just mentioned that most of Nikitas fanbase watch live. Very few Nielsen households are using their DVR for the show, quite a loyal but small fanbase there.

  • joko ono

    What about international fanbase,hah?

  • GH

    Someone asked earlier about Modern Family not being on the list. The same could be said for Criminal Minds and several others that are usually on this list. That is the problem with the list (not that it wrong or anything, but repeats shows do not appear). So since both Modern Family and Criminal Minds were repeats, they would not appear on this list. (2 shows I love so I have to DVR one of them.)

  • Nadine Harris

    Curious, the big bump Bones is getting from delayed viewing. Seems to confirm that many Bones fans are being pulled in several directions on Mondays with the competition from Voice and DWTS.

  • Alejandro

    Good for Supernatural getting that 1.1 :D

  • Sabrina

    “whoever Maggie Q is f**king right now, she’s f**king him for nothing.”

    Wow so TSC fans have reached a new low. And yet you ask the Nikita fandom for help saving your show?

  • Sabrina

    TSC fans are delusional if they think they would have kept that cushy post TVD spot next season. They cry that Nikita or HOD would be getting 3’s next season but TSC is such a special show it is going to defy those odds? LOL.

  • A

    sabrina,

    boo hoo.

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