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Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Adults 18-49 Ratings & Total Viewers Increase + 'Elementary' & 'Parenthood' Lead Percentage Gains in Week 9

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December 9th, 2013

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Our source for Live+7 DVR ratings includes only original programs, excluding repeats (which are unlikely to be heavily DVR viewed). Do the Live+7 ratings tell us anything about a show's renewal prospects we didn't already know from the Live+Same Day ratings?  No.  Click here to learn more.

During the ninth week  of the 2013-2014 season (November 18-24), 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 2.6 adults 18-49 ratings points.

Elementary & Parenthood tied to top the % adults 18-49 ratings increase from DVR viewing, with each adding 83% to its Live+Same Day adults 18-49 ratings.

The Big Bang Theory topped the total viewers increase from DVR viewing adding 6.013 million viewers to its Live+Same Day viewership.

 

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-11/21 CBS 5.3 7.9 2.6 49%
2 Modern Family-11/20 ABC 3.4 5.5 2.1 62%
3 GREY'S ANATOMY-11/21 ABC 2.6 4.4 1.8 69%
4 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-11/19 ABC 2.4 4.0 1.6 67%
5 SCANDAL-11/21 ABC 2.9 4.5 1.6 55%
6 Elementary-11/21 CBS 1.8 3.3 1.5 83%
7 Family Guy-11/24 FOX 2.2 3.7 1.5 68%
8 SLEEPY HOLLOW-11/18 FOX 2.5 4.0 1.5 60%
9 Criminal Minds-11/20 CBS 2.8 4.2 1.4 50%
10 How I Met Your Mother-11/18 CBS 3.1 4.5 1.4 45%
11 New Girl-11/19 FOX 1.7 3.1 1.4 82%
12 Nashville-11/20 ABC 1.6 2.8 1.2 75%
13 Castle-11/18 ABC 1.9 3.1 1.2 63%
14 Person Of Interest-11/19 CBS 2.0 3.2 1.2 60%
15 CSI-11/20 CBS 2.1 3.2 1.1 52%
16 ALMOST HUMAN-11/18 FOX 2.3 3.3 1.0 43%
17 PARENTHOOD-11/21 NBC 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
18 Chicago Fire-11/19 NBC 1.9 2.9 1.0 53%
19 GOLDBERGS, THE-11/19 ABC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
20 Hawaii Five-0-11/22 CBS 1.5 2.4 0.9 60%
21 Two and a Half Men-11/21 CBS 2.1 3.0 0.9 43%
22 NCIS-11/19 CBS 3.0 3.9 0.9 30%
23 Glee-11/21 FOX 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
24 REVOLUTION-11/20 NBC 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
25 Law And Order:SVU-11/20 NBC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%

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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 PARENTHOOD-11/21 NBC 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
2 Elementary-11/21 CBS 1.8 3.3 1.5 83%
3 New Girl-11/19 FOX 1.7 3.1 1.4 82%
4 Nashville-11/20 ABC 1.6 2.8 1.2 75%
5 HOSTAGES-11/18 CBS 1.0 1.7 0.7 70%
6 GREY'S ANATOMY-11/21 ABC 2.6 4.4 1.8 69%
7 Family Guy-11/24 FOX 2.2 3.7 1.5 68%
8 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-11/19 ABC 2.4 4.0 1.6 67%
9 TOMORROW PEOPLE-11/20 CW 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
10 Beauty And The Beast-11/18 CW 0.3 0.5 0.2 67%
11 CARRIE DIARIES-11/22 CW 0.3 0.5 0.2 67%
12 Supernatural-11/19 CW 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
13 Glee-11/21 FOX 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
14 REVOLUTION-11/20 NBC 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
15 Castle-11/18 ABC 1.9 3.1 1.2 63%
16 Raising Hope-11/22 FOX 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
17 Modern Family-11/20 ABC 3.4 5.5 2.1 62%
18 SLEEPY HOLLOW-11/18 FOX 2.5 4.0 1.5 60%
19 Person Of Interest-11/19 CBS 2.0 3.2 1.2 60%
20 PARKS AND RECREATION-11/21 NBC 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
21 Hawaii Five-0-11/22 CBS 1.5 2.4 0.9 60%
22 MINDY PROJECT-11/19 FOX 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%
23 GOLDBERGS, THE-11/19 ABC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
24 Law And Order:SVU-11/20 NBC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
25 Once Upon A Time WONDRLND-11/21 ABC 0.9 1.4 0.5 56%

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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-11/21 CBS 18938 24951 6013 32%
2 Person Of Interest-11/19 CBS 12278 17050 4772 39%
3 Elementary-11/21 CBS 9284 14016 4732 51%
4 Modern Family-11/20 ABC 10192 14830 4638 46%
5 Castle-11/18 ABC 10951 15310 4359 40%
6 SCANDAL-11/21 ABC 8932 12876 3944 44%
7 Blue Bloods-11/22 CBS 11902 15648 3746 31%
8 GREY'S ANATOMY-11/21 ABC 8612 12259 3647 42%
9 Mentalist, THE-11/24 CBS 10941 14552 3611 33%
10 NCIS-11/19 CBS 19664 23269 3605 18%
11 Criminal Minds-11/20 CBS 12398 15982 3584 29%
12 SLEEPY HOLLOW-11/18 FOX 7091 10648 3557 50%
13 Hawaii Five-0-11/22 CBS 9923 13466 3543 36%
14 CSI-11/20 CBS 11195 14682 3487 31%
15 MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-11/19 ABC 6895 10312 3417 50%
16 Chicago Fire-11/19 NBC 7490 10862 3372 45%
17 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-11/19 CBS 14990 18074 3084 21%
18 Nashville-11/20 ABC 5754 8726 2972 52%
19 Family Guy-11/24 FOX 4585 7440 2855 62%
20 BONES-FRI-11/22 FOX 5775 8410 2635 46%
21 ALMOST HUMAN-11/18 FOX 6764 9382 2618 39%
22 Good Wife, THE-11/24 CBS 9700 12290 2590 27%
23 Two and a Half Men-11/21 CBS 8695 11137 2442 28%
24 Law And Order:SVU-11/20 NBC 5974 8376 2402 40%
25 REVOLUTION-11/20 NBC 5371 7759 2388 44%

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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.

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

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.

Do the Live+7 ratings tell us anything about a show's renewal prospects we didn't already know from the Live+Same Day ratings?  No.  Click here to learn more.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data:©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 

 
  • Em

    @Sara Bibel Do you have the L+7 figures for The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, please?

  • Oliver

    Tomorrow People actually does pretty well for The CW when you factor in DVR.

  • Sarah

    @Sara Bibel

    Bones numbers, please?

  • jessica

    Glee isn’t dead yet, the thing is that people wont watch it live anymore.

  • Beth

    @Sara Bibel

    Bones demos, please?

  • DonnaT

    @ Em

    The Originals was preempted by the IHeartRadio/Lady Gaga “this” week.

  • Marc

    @Matty & Jessica,

    Glee, Revolution and many of the 10pm shows and friday shows just have that “don’t watch live, but still watch eventually” thing going.

  • Alvin

    I was hoping for a boost for Nikita. Any ratings info about them?

  • Oilo

    Reign ?

    It will probably have a 1.0 and is not listed because it had a 0.7 . Thats just a 40 percent increase. But still i want to know the numbers.

  • KC

    @Marc
    @Matty & Jessica,

    Glee, Revolution and many of the 10pm shows and friday shows just have that “don’t watch live, but still watch eventually” thing going.

    So true – Glee is all jumping 60+% each week on DVR and is always the #1 seller on Itunes after it airs says a lot. There are way too many choices to watch live, but everyone eventually catches up!

  • Judy912

    Great to see CASTLE continually on this list of most watched DVR’d programs.

  • platypus perry

    Great for Supernatural that it atleast had dvr make up for paltry live numbers no thanks to Lady Gaga and I heart Radio which I though Originals and Supernatural weren’t on that night, much to my surprise SPN was brand new. I guess CW did this to even the episode count since Originals premiered with VD and was one up on SPN.

    Surprised to see Tomorrow People on this list but glad to see it there!!!

    I’m really Surprised Vampire Diaries didn’t make the list.

    @ Bill or Sara

    Could you please let me know the demo and viewer increase on DVR for ARROW, The Vampire Diaries and Reign?

    Nikita couldn’t make the list…. Such a shame it either got a 0.1 or 0 either way 50% isn’t large enough to make the list.

  • rgxx

    if DVR can’t save a show in trouble – why would even post it?

  • JR

    Think anyone would ever dedicate the time to reveal the full nightly L+7 numbers? That would be interesting, though perhaps not worth the effort for the info gatherer.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Amanda Kondolojy

    @Em:
    VAMPIRE DIARIES-11/21 CW 1.3 1.9 0.6 46%

    @Olio
    REIGN-11/21 CW 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%

    @ Beth & Sarah:
    BONES-FRI-11/22 FOX 1.5 2.3 0.8 53%

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Amanda Kondolojy

    @platypus perry

    ARROW-11/20 CW 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Elementary and Grey’s the only ones in the top-10 of all 3 lists….

    jessica
    Glee isn’t dead yet, the thing is that people wont watch it live anymore

    Then put it on Friday and move Bones in its spot!

  • Beth

    @Amanda Kondolojy

    Thanks. :)

  • AbeCardinal

    Go POI, go!

  • Sarah

    @Amanda Kondolojy

    Thank you so much. :)

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