It’s well-established that DVR and on-demand viewing tends to give the biggest boosts to shows that are already pretty popular. The Live +7 ratings for Oct. 3-9 are a prime example.

Four of the five top-rated scripted shows among adults 18-49 in the same-day ratings are also in the Top 5 for DVR gains. “The Big Bang Theory” and “Empire” tie for first with “Designated Survivor,” while “Modern Family” is fourth and “Grey’s Anatomy” ties for fifth.

“Designated Survivor,” meanwhile, continues to be a DVR powerhouse and the runaway leader in that metric among new shows. The Oct. 5 episode more than doubled both its 18-49 rating (1.6 to 3.5) and its total audience (7 million to 14.33 million).

The premieres of “Timeless” and “Conviction” both had pretty good gains as well. “Timeless” went from 1.8 to 3.0 in adults 18-49 after a week of delayed viewing and added 4.44 million viewers, while “Conviction” grew by 0.7 in the 18-49 demo (0.9 to 1.6) and 3 million viewers.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 3-9, 2016. The rankings include first-run series and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 1.6 3.5 1.9 119%
EMPIRE FOX 3.4 5.3 1.9 56%
THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 3.5 5.4 1.9 54%
4 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.2 3.8 1.6 73%
5 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 1.2 2.7 1.5 125%
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.3 3.8 1.5 65%
7 THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.2 2.4 1.2 100%
TIMELESS – P NBC 1.8 3.0 1.2 67%
9 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 1.4 2.5 1.1 79%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.4 2.5 1.1 79%
11 CHICAGO PD NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
12 LUCIFER FOX 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
BLACK-ISH ABC 1.5 2.4 0.9 60%
LETHAL WEAPON FOX 1.7 2.6 0.9 53%
16 CODE BLACK CBS 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
GOTHAM FOX 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
THE FLASH – P CW 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
THE GOOD PLACE NBC 1.4 2.2 0.8 57%
SCORPION CBS 1.6 2.4 0.8 50%
SPEECHLESS ABC 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
THE GOLDBERGS ABC 1.8 2.6 0.8 44%
NCIS CBS 1.9 2.7 0.8 42%
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 2.2 3.0 0.8 36%
THE VOICE – MON. NBC 3.0 3.8 0.8 27%


Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 1.2 2.7 1.5 125%
2 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 1.6 3.5 1.9 119%
3 THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.2 2.4 1.2 100%
4 ARROW – P CW 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
5 LUCIFER FOX 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
6 CODE BLACK CBS 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
GOTHAM FOX 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
8 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 1.4 2.5 1.1 79%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.4 2.5 1.1 79%
10 CONVICTION – P ABC 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
NOTORIOUS ABC 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
12 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.2 3.8 1.6 73%
13 THE EXORCIST FOX 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
CHICAGO PD NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
15 NEW GIRL FOX 1.0 1.7 0.7 70%
16 BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
17 TIMELESS – P NBC 1.8 3.0 1.2 67%
18 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.3 3.8 1.5 65%
19 MACGYVER CBS 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
20 THE FLASH – P CW 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
22 BLACK-ISH ABC 1.5 2.4 0.9 60%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
PITCH FOX 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
25 ONCE UPON A TIME ABC 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%
BLUE BLOODS CBS 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%

 

Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 7003 14327 7324 105%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 14322 19366 5044 35%
3 THE BLACKLIST NBC 6278 11064 4786 76%
4 TIMELESS – P NBC 7597 12032 4435 58%
5 EMPIRE FOX 9250 13591 4341 47%
6 NCIS CBS 14444 18397 3953 27%
7 BLUE BLOODS CBS 9829 13728 3899 40%
8 MODERN FAMILY ABC 6870 10753 3883 57%
9 CHICAGO PD NBC 6218 9994 3776 61%
10 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 8101 11869 3768 47%
11 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 7559 11317 3758 50%
12 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 4410 7983 3573 81%
13 CODE BLACK CBS 5825 9386 3561 61%
14 SCORPION CBS 8355 11790 3435 41%
15 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 5758 8998 3240 56%
16 CHICAGO MED NBC 6863 9950 3087 45%
17 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 9628 12644 3016 31%
18 CONVICTION – P ABC 5175 8175 3000 58%
19 BLINDSPOT NBC 5708 8615 2907 51%
20 LUCIFER FOX 3674 6368 2694 73%
21 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 6616 9236 2620 40%
22 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 11783 14232 2449 21%
23 MACGYVER CBS 8057 10421 2364 29%
24 NOTORIOUS ABC 4207 6536 2329 55%
25 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 9617 11750 2133 22%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 7003 14327 7324 105%
2 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 4410 7983 3573 81%
3 THE BLACKLIST NBC 6278 11064 4786 76%
4 LUCIFER FOX 3674 6368 2694 73%
5 THE EXORCIST FOX 1929 3283 1354 70%
6 GOTHAM FOX 3185 5237 2052 64%
ARROW – P CW 1871 3069 1198 64%
8 CHICAGO PD NBC 6218 9994 3776 61%
CODE BLACK CBS 5825 9386 3561 61%
10 THE FLASH – P CW 3166 5055 1889 60%
11 TIMELESS – P NBC 7597 12032 4435 58%
CONVICTION – P ABC 5175 8175 3000 58%
13 MODERN FAMILY ABC 6870 10753 3883 57%
14 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 5758 8998 3240 56%
15 NOTORIOUS ABC 4207 6536 2329 55%
16 FREQUENCY – P CW 1352 2064 712 53%
17 NEW GIRL FOX 2034 3092 1058 52%
18 BLINDSPOT NBC 5708 8615 2907 51%
19 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 7559 11317 3758 50%
PITCH FOX 3475 5198 1723 50%
21 EMPIRE FOX 9250 13591 4341 47%
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 8101 11869 3768 47%
23 CHICAGO MED NBC 6863 9950 3087 45%
24 THE GOOD PLACE NBC 4870 6979 2109 43%
HELL’S KITCHEN FOX 3102 4437 1335 43%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 2398 3422 1024 43%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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