Delayed-viewing numbers for the first couple weeks of 2018 have been slow to trickle in, so we’re looking back a little bit at the 2017 portion of the 2017-18 TV season. It should not surprise you that “This Is Us” and “The Good Doctor” are the biggest beneficiaries of DVR and on-demand viewing.

“This Is Us” leads the adults 18-49 rankings, adding an average of 2.3 points per episode in the Live +7 rankings. Put another way, its seven-day gain alone is bigger than all but 18 other shows’ Live +7 totals.

“The Good Doctor” added an average of 7.12 million viewers after its initial broadcast in the fall — the equivalent of the entire “Man with a Plan” audience (6.88 million) plus a couple hundred thousand more people.

“Designated Survivor” was the percentage-gain leader in both adults 18-49 and viewers. It was the only show to more than double both its 18-49 rating and total audience.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for the first 14 weeks of the 2017-18 season. The episode counts are only for airings in a show’s regular time period from Sept. 25-Dec. 31.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

Rank Show Net # of episodes L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THIS IS US NBC 10 2.8 5.1 2.3 82%
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC 10 1.9 3.9 2.0 105%
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 11 2.9 4.6 1.7 59%
4 WILL & GRACE NBC 6 2.0 3.6 1.6 80%
5 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 7 2.0 3.5 1.5 75%
6 MODERN FAMILY ABC 10 1.7 3.1 1.4 82%
7 YOUNG SHELDON CBS 8 2.3 3.5 1.2 52%
8 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 8 0.9 2.0 1.1 122%
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 10 0.8 1.9 1.1 138%
CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 8 1.0 2.1 1.1 110%
EMPIRE FOX 9 1.9 3.0 1.1 58%
12 THE GIFTED FOX 10 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
THE ORVILLE FOX 9 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
CHICAGO FIRE NBC 6 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
CHICAGO PD NBC 9 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
16 SCANDAL ABC 7 1.2 2.1 0.9 75%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 8 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
CHICAGO MED NBC 4 1.2 2.1 0.9 75%
19 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 10 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
SURVIVOR CBS 12 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
NCIS CBS 10 1.4 2.2 0.8 57%
SEAL TEAM CBS 8 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
SWAT CBS 7 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
SCORPION CBS 12 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
THE FLASH CW 9 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%

 

Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net # of episodes L+SD L+7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 10 0.8 1.9 1.1 138%
2 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 8 0.9 2.0 1.1 122%
3 ONCE UPON A TIME ABC 9 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
4 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 8 1.0 2.1 1.1 110%
5 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC 10 1.9 3.9 2.0 105%
6 THE GIFTED FOX 10 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
THE ORVILLE FOX 9 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
SCORPION CBS 12 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 4 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
INHUMANS ABC 7 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 9 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
SUPERGIRL CW 9 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
13 THE FLASH CW 9 0.9 1.7 0.8 89%
14 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 10 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
BLINDSPOT NBC 8 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
16 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 6 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
CHICAGO PD NBC 9 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
RIVERDALE CW 9 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
19 THIS IS US NBC 10 2.8 5.1 2.3 82%
MODERN FAMILY ABC 10 1.7 3.1 1.4 82%
21 WILL & GRACE NBC 6 2.0 3.6 1.6 80%
SWAT CBS 7 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
ARROW CW 8 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
24 BLUE BLOODS CBS 10 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
THE BLACKLIST NBC 8 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%

 

Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net # of episodes L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC 10 10307 17431 7124 69%
2 THIS IS US NBC 10 10493 16679 6186 59%
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 11 14038 18909 4871 35%
4 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 10 4344 9183 4839 111%
5 BLUE BLOODS CBS 10 9260 13432 4172 45%
6 WILL & GRACE NBC 6 7195 11365 4170 58%
7 CHICAGO PD NBC 9 6149 10251 4102 67%
8 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 6 6374 10399 4025 63%
9 CHICAGO MED NBC 4 6714 10639 3925 58%
10 YOUNG SHELDON CBS 8 12732 16605 3873 30%
11 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 8 5922 9791 3869 65%
12 NCIS CBS 10 13034 16899 3865 30%
13 BULL CBS 10 10391 14222 3831 37%
14 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 7 7879 11536 3657 46%
15 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 10 9058 12705 3647 40%
16 SEAL TEAM CBS 8 7586 11038 3452 46%
17 MODERN FAMILY ABC 10 6113 9486 3373 55%
18 SWAT CBS 7 6483 9856 3373 52%
19 SCORPION CBS 12 5215 8331 3116 60%
20 THE BLACKLIST NBC 8 5605 8685 3080 55%
21 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 10 6207 9261 3054 49%
THE ORVILLE FOX 9 3635 6689 3054 84%
23 THE BRAVE NBC 9 5093 8145 3052 60%
24 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 10 8751 11668 2917 33%
25 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 8 5859 8764 2905 50%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net # of episodes L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 10 4344 9183 4839 111%
2 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 7 643 1233 590 92%
3 THE ORVILLE FOX 9 3635 6689 3054 84%
4 RIVERDALE CW 9 1609 2885 1276 79%
5 THE GIFTED FOX 10 3358 5987 2629 78%
6 ARROW CW 8 1328 2346 1018 77%
7 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 8 3731 6521 2790 75%
AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 4 2252 3949 1697 75%
9 THE FLASH CW 9 2451 4275 1824 74%
10 TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY ABC 7 2176 3703 1527 70%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 10 1721 2918 1197 70%
12 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC 10 10307 17431 7124 69%
13 CHICAGO PD NBC 9 6149 10251 4102 67%
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 9 1672 2791 1119 67%
15 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 8 5922 9791 3869 65%
16 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 6 6374 10399 4025 63%
LETHAL WEAPON FOX 10 4140 6733 2593 63%
SUPERGIRL CW 9 1935 3150 1215 63%
19 BLINDSPOT NBC 8 3506 5669 2163 62%
GOTHAM FOX 10 2736 4432 1696 62%
INHUMANS ABC 7 2558 4136 1578 62%
22 SCORPION CBS 12 5215 8331 3116 60%
THE BRAVE NBC 9 5093 8145 3052 60%
24 THIS IS US NBC 10 10493 16679 6186 59%
25 WILL & GRACE NBC 6 7195 11365 4170 58%
CHICAGO MED NBC 4 6714 10639 3925 58%

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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