Our colleague the Masked Scheduler has a maxim about ratings gains from DVR and on-demand viewing: “The rich get richer, and the poor get a little less poor.”

The early returns from the first few days of the 2017-18 TV season are an almost perfect illustration of that notion. The three top-rated shows among adults 18-49 in the Live +3 numbers are the three shows that made up the top 3 (excluding sports) in the same-day ratings.

The order is slightly different — “This Is Us” moved ahead of “The Big Bang Theory” for first place — but those two and “Young Sheldon” remain in the lead in the three-day ratings for Sept. 25-27.

ABC’s “The Good Doctor” scored the biggest gains of any new series, growing by 1.5 points in adults 18-49 (2.2 to 3.7) and 5.5 million viewers (11.35 million to 16.85 million). That’s a little ahead of “Young Sheldon’s” bumps of 1.4 and 4.28 million.

Another ABC show, “Designated Survivor,” carried over its big delayed-viewing numbers from last season. It had the highest percentage gains of any show in the first three days of the season, adding 91 percent to its 18-49 total (1.1 to 2.1) and growing by 77 percent in viewers (5.5 million to 9.74 million).

Here are the Live +3 gains for premiere week (through Sept. 27). We’ll update the charts as additional days become available. (The charts exclude summer shows ending their seasons and repeats.)

Adults 18-49

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live +SD
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 This Is Us – P NBC 5.7 1.8 46%
2 The Big Bang Theory – P CBS 5.5 1.4 34%
3 Young Sheldon – P CBS 5.2 1.4 37%
4 The Good Doctor – P ABC 3.7 1.5 68%
5 The Voice – Mon. – P NBC 3.3 0.7 27%
6 Modern Family – P ABC 3.2 1.1 52%
Empire – P FOX 3.2 0.8 33%
8 The Voice – Tues. NBC 3.1 0.4 15%
9 Kevin Can Wait – P CBS 2.9 0.6 26%
10 Survivor – P CBS 2.4 0.6 33%
11 The Goldbergs – P ABC 2.3 0.5 28%
12 American Housewife – P ABC 2.2 0.6 38%
SEAL Team – P CBS 2.2 0.7 47%
Criminal Minds – P CBS 2.2 0.9 69%
Star – P FOX 2.2 0.4 22%
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders – P NBC 2.2 0.6 38%
NCIS – P CBS 2.2 0.6 38%
18 Designated Survivor – P ABC 2.1 1.0 91%
Law & Order: SVU – P NBC 2.1 0.7 50%
20 Me, Myself & I – P CBS 2.0 0.4 25%
Chicago PD – P NBC 2.0 0.7 54%
22 The Brave – P NBC 1.9 0.6 46%
Speechless – P ABC 1.9 0.5 36%
24 Bull – P CBS 1.8 0.5 38%
25 Dancing With the Stars – Mon. ABC 1.7 0.3 21%
Scorpion – P CBS 1.7 0.7 70%
The Blacklist – P NBC 1.7 0.6 55%
Lethal Weapon – P FOX 1.7 0.5 42%
29 NCIS: New Orleans – P CBS 1.5 0.5 50%
Dancing With the Stars – Tues. ABC 1.5 0.3 25%
31 The Mick – P FOX 1.3 0.4 44%
32 Brooklyn Nine-Nine – P FOX 1.2 0.5 71%

 

Total viewers

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live +SD (000s)
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 The Big Bang Theory – P CBS 22,022 4,365 25%
2 Young Sheldon – P CBS 21,498 4,283 25%
3 This Is Us – P NBC 17,786 4,850 37%
4 The Good Doctor – P ABC 16,855 5,503 48%
5 NCIS – P CBS 16,297 3,010 23%
6 SEAL Team – P CBS 13,159 3,284 33%
7 Bull – P CBS 12,990 2,934 29%
8 The Voice – Mon. – P NBC 12,722 2,152 20%
9 The Voice – Tues. NBC 12,616 1,683 15%
10 Kevin Can Wait – P CBS 12,032 1,769 17%
11 NCIS: New Orleans – P CBS 11,724 2,947 34%
12 Survivor – P CBS 10,312 1,975 24%
13 Criminal Minds – P CBS 10,251 3,249 46%
14 Dancing With the Stars – Mon. ABC 10,092 1,422 16%
15 Designated Survivor – P ABC 9,735 4,237 77%
16 Modern Family – P ABC 9,656 2,649 38%
17 Chicago PD – P NBC 9,207 3,093 51%
18 Empire – P FOX 9,037 1,982 28%
19 Scorpion – P CBS 8,889 3,132 54%
20 Me, Myself & I – P CBS 8,820 1,362 18%
21 The Blacklist – P NBC 8,705 2,317 36%
22 Dancing With the Stars – Tues. ABC 8,621 1,406 19%
23 The Brave – P NBC 8,516 2,558 43%
24 Law & Order: SVU – P NBC 7,909 2,269 40%
25 Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders – P NBC 7,875 1,815 30%
26 The Goldbergs – P ABC 7,451 1,254 20%
27 American Housewife – P ABC 7,338 1,680 30%
28 Star – P FOX 6,577 1,177 22%
29 Lethal Weapon – P FOX 6,370 2,001 46%
30 Speechless – P ABC 6,095 1,060 21%
31 The Mick – P FOX 3,719 1,053 39%
32 Brooklyn Nine-Nine – P FOX 2,859 896 46%

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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