“Designated Survivor” posted the biggest gains of premiere week with seven days of DVR and on-demand viewing — and by one measure, the biggest gain ever.

The ABC show doubled its initial adults 18-49 rating, going from a 2.2 after its premiere to a 4.4 in the Live +7 figur. It was one of five premieres that grew by at least 100 percent, along with “The Blacklist” (1.3 to 2.7), “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.4 to 2.9), “Quantico” (1.0 to 2.0) and “Agents of SHIELD” (1.1 to 2.2).

“Designated Survivor” also posted the biggest total-viewer gain of any show since DVR ratings started being tracked. It added 7.67 million viewers within a week of airing — a gain that by itself would have ranked ahead of 33 other shows in premiere week.

Here are the Live +7 rankings for premiere week, Sept. 19-25, 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 – P ABC 2.2 4.4 2.2 100%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS 3.8 5.8 2.0 53%
3 THIS IS US – P NBC 2.8 4.6 1.8 64%
4 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 2.6 4.3 1.7 65%
EMPIRE – P FOX 4.2 5.9 1.7 40%
6 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 1.4 2.9 1.5 107%
GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 2.5 4.0 1.5 60%
8 THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 1.3 2.7 1.4 108%
9 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 1.8 3.1 1.3 72%
10 THE GOOD PLACE – MON. – P NBC 2.3 3.5 1.2 52%
11 AGENTS OF SHIELD – P ABC 1.1 2.2 1.1 100%
CHICAGO PD – P NBC 1.6 2.7 1.1 69%
13 QUANTICO – P ABC 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
CHICAGO MED – P NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
BLACK-ISH – P ABC 2.0 3.0 1.0 50%
LETHAL WEAPON – P FOX 2.2 3.2 1.0 45%
18 GOTHAM – P FOX 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
LUCIFER – P FOX 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
MACGYVER – P CBS 1.7 2.6 0.9 53%
THE GOLDBERGS – P ABC 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
SPEECHLESS – P ABC 2.0 2.9 0.9 45%
NCIS – P CBS 2.2 3.1 0.9 41%
BULL – P CBS 2.2 3.1 0.9 41%
KEVIN CAN WAIT – P CBS 2.6 3.5 0.9 35%
THE VOICE – MON. – P NBC 3.3 4.2 0.9 27%


Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 1.3 2.7 1.4 108%
2 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 1.4 2.9 1.5 107%
3 QUANTICO – P ABC 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
AGENTS OF SHIELD – P ABC 1.1 2.2 1.1 100%
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 2.2 4.4 2.2 100%
6 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – P FOX 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
7 BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
8 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 1.8 3.1 1.3 72%
9 ROSEWOOD – P FOX 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
CHICAGO MED – P NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
11 SECRETS AND LIES – P ABC 1.0 1.7 0.7 70%
SCREAM QUEENS – P FOX 1.0 1.7 0.7 70%
13 GOTHAM – P FOX 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
LUCIFER – P FOX 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
CHICAGO PD – P NBC 1.6 2.7 1.1 69%
16 WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? CW 0.3 0.5 0.2 67%
17 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 2.6 4.3 1.7 65%
18 NOTORIOUS – P ABC 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
LAST MAN STANDING – P ABC 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
PITCH – P FOX 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
THIS IS US – P NBC 2.8 4.6 1.8 64%
22 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
FAMILY GUY – P FOX 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
24 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 2.5 4.0 1.5 60%
THE EXORCIST – P FOX 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%

 

Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 10042 17712 7670 76%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY – P CBS 15822 21521 5699 36%
3 THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 6397 11658 5261 82%
4 BULL – P CBS 15569 20508 4939 32%
5 THIS IS US – P NBC 10065 14612 4547 45%
6 BLUE BLOODS – P CBS 10557 14872 4315 41%
7 NCIS – P CBS 15999 20236 4237 26%
8 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 8235 12350 4115 50%
9 EMPIRE – P FOX 10868 14947 4079 38%
10 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – P CBS 11125 15128 4003 36%
11 CHICAGO PD – P NBC 6874 10705 3831 56%
12 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 5121 8855 3734 73%
13 CHICAGO MED – P NBC 7022 10715 3693 53%
14 THE GOOD PLACE – MON. – P NBC 8036 11687 3651 45%
15 GREY’S ANATOMY – P ABC 8764 12324 3560 41%
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 7818 11280 3462 44%
17 MACGYVER – P CBS 10728 14107 3379 31%
18 HAWAII FIVE-0 – P CBS 10225 13452 3227 32%
19 LETHAL WEAPON – P FOX 7932 11093 3161 40%
20 QUANTICO – P ABC 3637 6785 3148 87%
21 BLINDSPOT NBC 6082 9101 3019 50%
22 AGENTS OF SHIELD – P ABC 3441 6235 2794 81%
23 LUCIFER – P FOX 4360 7111 2751 63%
24 NOTORIOUS – P ABC 5400 8133 2733 51%
25 BLACK-ISH – P ABC 6396 9113 2717 42%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 QUANTICO – P ABC 3637 6785 3148 87%
2 THE BLACKLIST – P NBC 6397 11658 5261 82%
3 AGENTS OF SHIELD – P ABC 3441 6235 2794 81%
4 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – P ABC 10042 17712 7670 76%
5 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER – P ABC 5121 8855 3734 73%
6 SCREAM QUEENS – P FOX 2165 3637 1472 68%
7 THE EXORCIST – P FOX 2854 4708 1854 65%
8 LUCIFER – P FOX 4360 7111 2751 63%
9 SECRETS AND LIES – P ABC 4061 6493 2432 60%
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – P FOX 2228 3558 1330 60%
11 GOTHAM – P FOX 3897 6137 2240 57%
12 CHICAGO PD – P NBC 6874 10705 3831 56%
PITCH – P FOX 4227 6594 2367 56%
14 CHICAGO MED – P NBC 7022 10715 3693 53%
15 NOTORIOUS – P ABC 5400 8133 2733 51%
16 MODERN FAMILY – P ABC 8235 12350 4115 50%
BLINDSPOT NBC 6082 9101 3019 50%
NEW GIRL – P FOX 2312 3476 1164 50%
19 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – P FOX 2389 3535 1146 48%
20 FAMILY GUY – P FOX 2796 4082 1286 46%
21 THIS IS US – P NBC 10065 14612 4547 45%
THE GOOD PLACE – MON. – P NBC 8036 11687 3651 45%
THE GOOD PLACE – THURS. NBC 5251 7636 2385 45%
24 LAW & ORDER: SVU – P NBC 7818 11280 3462 44%
HELL’S KITCHEN – P FOX 3374 4852 1478 44%

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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