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Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Leads Adults 18-49 Ratings Increase & Tops Total Viewership Gains; 'Smash' Earns Biggest Percentage Increase in Week 31

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May 13th, 2013

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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".

During the thirty-first week  of the 2012-2013 season (April 22-28), The Big Bang Theory topped the rankings for the week's DVR viewing adults 18-49 ratings added between the Live+Same Day period (as reported in all our other ratings posts) and the Live + 7 Day measurement periods with a gain of 2.1 adults 18-49 ratings points.

Smash topped the % adults 18-49 ratings increase from DVR viewing, adding 150% to its Live+Same Day adults 18-49 ratings.

The Big Bang Theory led total Viewership gains, adding 4.581 million viewers via DVR between Live + Same Day and Live + 7 Day ratings.

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

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Rating Absolute Increase From DVR Viewing Post Airdate 18-49 Rating % Increase from DVR Viewing
1 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/25 CBS 4.5 6.6 2.1 47%
2 FOLLOWING, THE-04/22 FOX 2.4 4.2 1.8 75%
3 GREY'S ANATOMY-04/25 ABC 2.7 4.0 1.3 48%
4 Elementary-04/25 CBS 2.0 3.3 1.3 65%
5 NCIS-04/23 CBS 2.8 3.9 1.1 39%
6 Glee-04/25 FOX 1.8 2.9 1.1 61%
7 OFFICE-04/25 NBC 1.7 2.8 1.1 65%
8 Two and a Half Men-04/25 CBS 2.8 3.8 1.0 36%
9 Person Of Interest-04/25 CBS 2.4 3.4 1.0 42%
10 VOICE-04/22 NBC 4.9 5.9 1.0 20%
11 VOICE-TUE-04/23 NBC 4.1 5.1 1.0 24%
12 Castle-04/22 ABC 2.3 3.2 0.9 39%
13 Once Upon A Time-04/28 ABC 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
14 BONES-04/22 FOX 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
15 Grimm-04/26 NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
16 Hannibal-04/25 NBC 1.0 1.9 0.9 90%
17 SCANDAL-04/25 ABC 2.8 3.6 0.8 29%
18 REVENGE-04/28 ABC 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
19 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-04/23 CBS 2.7 3.5 0.8 30%
20 Family Guy-04/28 FOX 2.6 3.4 0.8 31%
21 REVOLUTION-04/22 NBC 2.0 2.8 0.8 40%
22 PARKS AND RECREATION-04/25 NBC 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
23 Mentalist, THE-04/28 CBS 1.6 2.3 0.7 44%
24 Blue Bloods-04/26 CBS 1.3 2.0 0.7 54%
25 HELL'S KITCHEN-04/23 FOX 2.0 2.7 0.7 35%

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

Rank Programs Net 18-49 Live+SD (rating) 18-49 Live+7 (rating) Post Airdate 18-49 Rating Absolute Increase From DVR Viewing Post Airdate 18-49 Rating % Increase from DVR Viewing
1 SMASH-04/27 NBC 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
2 Hannibal-04/25 NBC 1.0 1.9 0.9 90%
3 FOLLOWING, THE-04/22 FOX 2.4 4.2 1.8 75%
4 Hart Of Dixie-04/23 CW 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
5 Grimm-04/26 NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
6 Touch-04/26 FOX 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
7 90210-04/22 CW 0.3 0.5 0.2 67%
8 Elementary-04/25 CBS 2.0 3.3 1.3 65%
9 OFFICE-04/25 NBC 1.7 2.8 1.1 65%
10 PARKS AND RECREATION-04/25 NBC 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
11 Glee-04/25 FOX 1.8 2.9 1.1 61%
12 Vampire Diaries-04/25 CW 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
13 Beauty And The Beast-04/25 CW 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
14 Blue Bloods-04/26 CBS 1.3 2.0 0.7 54%
15 Arrow-04/24 CW 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%
16 COMMUNITY-04/25 NBC 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%
17 GREY'S ANATOMY-04/25 ABC 2.7 4.0 1.3 48%
18 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/25 CBS 4.5 6.6 2.1 47%
19 REVENGE-04/28 ABC 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
20 Once Upon A Time-04/28 ABC 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
21 BONES-04/22 FOX 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
22 Mentalist, THE-04/28 CBS 1.6 2.3 0.7 44%
23 Red Widow-04/28 ABC 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
24 Person Of Interest-04/25 CBS 2.4 3.4 1.0 42%
25 REVOLUTION-04/22 NBC 2.0 2.8 0.8 40%

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

Rank Program Net Viewership Live+SD (000) Viewership Live+7 (000) Post Airdate Absolute Viewership Increase From DVR Viewing (000) Post Airdate % Viewership Increase from DVR Viewing
1 Big Bang Theory, THE-04/25 CBS 15050 19631 4581 30%
2 Elementary-04/25 CBS 10070 14223 4153 41%
3 FOLLOWING, THE-04/22 FOX 7040 10964 3924 56%
4 NCIS-04/23 CBS 17332 21131 3799 22%
5 Castle-04/22 ABC 11761 15114 3353 29%
6 Person Of Interest-04/25 CBS 13217 16446 3229 24%
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-04/23 CBS 14215 17253 3038 21%
8 Mentalist, THE-04/28 CBS 8785 11743 2958 34%
9 GREY'S ANATOMY-04/25 ABC 8242 11166 2924 35%
10 Blue Bloods-04/26 CBS 10457 13350 2893 28%
11 Body Of Proof-04/23 ABC 9349 11926 2577 28%
12 Two and a Half Men-04/25 CBS 11322 13703 2381 21%
13 SCANDAL-04/25 ABC 7900 10272 2372 30%
14 Glee-04/25 FOX 5238 7574 2336 45%
15 BONES-04/22 FOX 7059 9390 2331 33%
16 VOICE-04/22 NBC 14152 16379 2227 16%
17 VOICE-TUE-04/23 NBC 12777 14943 2166 17%
18 Grimm-04/26 NBC 4824 6978 2154 45%
19 REVOLUTION-04/22 NBC 5883 7861 1978 34%
20 REVENGE-04/28 ABC 6051 8018 1967 33%
21 Once Upon A Time-04/28 ABC 7160 9112 1952 27%
22 Good Wife, THE-04/28 CBS 9134 11064 1930 21%
23 Law And Order:SVU-04/24 NBC 7311 9188 1877 26%
24 Hannibal-04/25 NBC 2396 4206 1810 76%
25 OFFICE-04/25 NBC 3251 4956 1705 52%

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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:©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 

 
  • MichaelChickless

    The Following! Elementary!

    Those are the only ones in the top-10 of all 3 lists.

  • MichaelChickless

    Oh, and, go Hannibal!

  • sara

    Why was Body of proof canceled? The finale of other ABC shows did not pull in the 8 to 9 million viewers BOP does.ABC is dumb

  • Fed master

    Can Ultima, or someone else say how are the season ratings for NCIS compared to Sunday Night Football. Is there a chance for NCIS to be the most watched program for the season?

  • FringeFan

    @Sara

    Because Body of Proof doesn’t have a high demographic in the A18-49 range.

  • Jimbo

    Sara, you must not visit this site very often. Otherwise, you’d know that number of viewers doesn’t mean a thing. The demo does, however.

  • Elijah

    Why can’t more of those people watch Elementary live!?!?!?!? I don’t want season 2 to be the last of Elementary.

  • Carmen

    Hannibal got a 90% increase in L+7 to move it all the way up to a 1.9 total.

    Yep, that will convince its fans that it should get an immediate 2 year renewal.

  • JAA

    Hannibal is the new Fringe

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Of the 10 shows with the largest percentage gains, 5 of them are NBC shows. Just saying.

  • Linda

    Wow, Supernatural didn’t make the list?

  • Television Town

    It’s funny how the Revenge episode got 1.6 and 6 million viewers this week, yet Body of Proof episode 10 committed got a 1.6 rating and 9.4 million viewers. Is ABC stupid or something for cancelling their second biggest performing show?

  • Wright

    I hope this bodes well for Hannibal’s renewal chances.

  • Carl

    @Linda, I was trying to figure that out too, as they are in the tag.

  • Michael

    Wow, at the Scandal DVR gains! :0 My goodness.

  • Once & Again

    @Television Town

    Don’t get Revenge into this. Have you seen what Nashville gets and yet it was also renewed. BOP newer got a 2 this season not to mention a 3.2 as a premiere, even Nashville had 2.8 for it’s premiere.

  • josh2770

    wow POI has more viewership then GA or NCIS:LA count me in!

  • Antonio

    This was the week when many DVRs did not record Revolution due to the episode being recognized as already aired (the previous week was the Boston bombing, so many DVRs recorded the news special as the episode), so I’m surprised it still made the list.

  • Funeral Dinner

    Revenge only goes up to 2.5 and Vampire Diaries 1.6… compared to the beginning of the season a ton of people don’t even DVR the shows anymore.

  • Carl

    Sorry about the tag thing – didn’t realize the tag didn’t mean they are in the totals…

    Have any shows ever been renewed because of DVR numbers? Just curious.

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