“Designated Survivor” was one of the fall’s biggest beneficiaries of delayed viewing. Its first episode back from a three-month hiatus continues that trend.

The ABC show’s March 8 return grew by 85 percent among adults 18-49 (1.3 to 2.4) and 74 percent in viewers (5.89 million to 10.22 million) with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing. It tied for the third largest total gain in the 18-49 demographic and added the second-most viewers.

“This Is Us” (4.8 in the 18-49 demo) and “The Big Bang Theory” (16.92 million viewers) sit atop the two categories after adding three days of catchup.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for March 6-12, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THIS IS US NBC 4.8 1.8 60%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 4.3 1.5 54%
3 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 3.3 0.6 22%
4 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 3.1 1.2 63%
THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 3.1 0.5 19%
6 MODERN FAMILY ABC 3.0 1.1 58%
7 THE BACHELOR ABC 2.7 0.5 23%
8 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 2.4 1.1 85%
SURVIVOR CBS 2.4 0.7 41%
10 SCANDAL ABC 2.3 0.9 64%
THE BACHELOR: THE WOMEN TELL ALL – S ABC 2.3 0.5 28%
12 THE GOLDBERGS ABC 2.2 0.5 29%
13 BLACK-ISH ABC 2.1 0.7 50%
NCIS CBS 2.1 0.5 31%
15 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 1.9 0.5 36%
SPEECHLESS ABC 1.9 0.4 27%
BULL CBS 1.9 0.6 46%
MOM CBS 1.9 0.5 36%
LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC 1.9 0.2 12%
20 THE MIDDLE ABC 1.8 0.3 20%
LIFE IN PIECES CBS 1.8 0.5 38%
CHICAGO JUSTICE – TUES. NBC 1.8 0.5 38%
23 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 1.7 0.5 42%
STAR FOX 1.7 0.5 42%
THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 1.7 0.3 21%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.7 0.6 55%

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for March 6-12, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 16,923 3,848 29%
2 NCIS CBS 16,922 2,746 19%
3 THIS IS US NBC 15,832 4,678 42%
4 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 13,755 1,751 15%
5 BULL CBS 13,457 3,071 30%
6 THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 13,242 1,624 14%
7 BLUE BLOODS CBS 13,121 3,701 39%
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 12,120 3,056 34%
9 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 11,804 2,556 28%
10 LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC 11,138 1,015 10%
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 10,954 1,697 18%
12 60 MINUTES CBS 10,287 318 3%
13 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 10,273 2,046 25%
14 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 10,224 4,333 74%
15 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 10,190 2,876 39%
16 MACGYVER CBS 9,682 1,909 25%
17 SURVIVOR CBS 9,657 1,997 26%
18 MODERN FAMILY ABC 9,269 2,776 43%
19 MOM CBS 9,145 1,636 22%
20 CHICAGO MED NBC 8,822 2,532 40%
21 CHICAGO JUSTICE – TUES. NBC 8,429 2,359 39%
22 CHICAGO JUSTICE – SUN. NBC 8,295 1,863 29%
23 THE BACHELOR ABC 8,042 942 13%
24 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 7,867 1,729 28%
25 SCANDAL ABC 7,835 2,567 49%

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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