Live+7 DVR Ratings Lift CBS Even Higher During Premiere Week

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October 15th, 2012

via press release:


Network Premiere Week Win Expands By Half a Million Viewers

With L+7, CBS Moves From Second Place in Adults 25-54 to First (Tie)

With L+7, CBS Thursday Posts Year-to-Year Gains of +4% in Viewers and +2% in

Adults 18-49

“The Big Bang Theory,” “Elementary,” “NCIS,” “Person of Interest,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Vegas,” “The Mentalist” and “Criminal Minds” All Add More Than 3 Million Viewers

“Elementary” Gains +1.4 Rating Points in Adults 18-49, Second-Most of Any New Series

“Vegas” and “Elementary” Remain TV’s Most-Watched New Series

Live plus 7-day DVR playback expanded CBS’s live plus same day premiere week viewer win from 2.35 million viewers to 2.86 million, according to Nielsen live plus 7-day lift versus live same day ratings for the week of Sept. 24-Sept. 30.


In adults 25-54, CBS moved from second place (live plus same day) to first (tie), jumping from to a 4.0 from a 3.2.


CBS gained an average of +2.14 million viewers over its live plus same day delivery (+20%), +0.7 rating points in adults 18-49 (+29%) and +0.8 rating points in adults 25-54 (+25%). Eight CBS series had live plus 7 lift of more than three million viewers—more than all the other networks combined.


With L+7, CBS’s Thursday lineup increased by +4% in viewers (17.45m from 16.82m) and by +2% in adults 18-49 (4.8 from 4.7) compared to premiere week last year. THE BIG BANG THEORY posted year-to-year gains of +15% in viewers (19.58m from 16.98m) and +10% in adults 18-49 (6.9 from 6.3). PERSON OF INTEREST was up +11% in viewers (17.84m from 16.09m) and +2% in adults 18-49 (4.1 from 4.0), while ELEMENTARY improved the time period by +2% in viewers (17.30m from 17.00m) and +18% in adults 18-49 (4.5 from 3.8).


Among viewers, CBS had six of the top 10 programs ranked by actual L+7 lift, more than all other networks combined. Among adults 18-49, CBS had three of the top 10 posting the largest lift, tied for the most than any other network.


VEGAS and ELEMENTARY remain television’s most-watched new series.


CBS programs adding more than 3 million viewers:


THE BIG BANG THEORY +3.92m 19.58m from 15.66m (+25%)

ELEMENTARY +3.89m 17.30m from 13.41m (+29%)

NCIS +3.66m 24.14m from 20.48m (+18%)

PERSON OF INTEREST +3.56m 17.84m from 14.28m (+25%)

HAWAII FIVE-0 +3.32m 11.38m from 8.06m (+41%)

VEGAS +3.30m 18.15m from 14.85m (+22%)

THE MENTALIST +3.28m 14.33m from 11.05m (+30%)

CRIMINAL MINDS +3.16m 14.89m from 11.73m (+27%)


CBS programs adding more than 1.2 rating points among adults 18-49:


THE BIG BANG THEORY +1.9 6.9 from 5.0 (+38%)

ELEMENTARY +1.4 4.5 from 3.1 (+45%)

CRIMINAL MINDS +1.3 4.4 from 3.1 (+42%)

NCIS +1.2 5.3 from 4.1 (+29%)

PERSON OF INTEREST +1.2 4.1 from 2.9 (+41%)

  • Dennis

    about 24 million for NCIS!! :)

  • João Paulo

    Wow for POI.

  • Dat

    Aw yeaaa POI! I want POI to beat NCIS ratings one future day…

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