“Designated Survivor” is emerging as a delayed-viewing beast in the early part of the 2016-17 season.

The ABC show has been putting up solid ratings for its initial airing, but for each of the first two weeks it’s been on, almost as many people have watched it after the fact. The Sept. 28 episode had the biggest seven-day bump from DVR and on-demand viewing in both adults 18-49 (2.1 points, 1.8 to 3.9) and total viewers (7.65 million) of any show on the broadcast networks. Its 18-49 more than doubled, and the viewer total came within 20,000 people of doing so as well.

“The Big Bang Theory” (+2.0), “This Is Us” (+1.9) and “Empire” (+1.9) had the next-largest gains in adults 18-49 for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2. All three were also in the Top 6 in viewers added, along with “Bull” and “The Blacklist.”

Here are the Live +7 rankings for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 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 1.8 3.9 2.1 117%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 3.6 5.6 2.0 56%
3 THIS IS US NBC 2.6 4.5 1.9 73%
EMPIRE FOX 3.7 5.6 1.9 51%
5 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.3 4.0 1.7 74%
6 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.4 4.0 1.6 67%
7 THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.1 2.4 1.3 118%
8 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 1.3 2.5 1.2 92%
9 CHICAGO PD NBC 1.5 2.6 1.1 73%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.6 2.7 1.1 69%
CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS 1.9 3.0 1.1 58%
12 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 0.9 1.9 1.0 111%
QUANTICO ABC 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
GOTHAM FOX 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
BULL CBS 1.9 2.9 1.0 53%
16 BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
BLACK-ISH ABC 1.6 2.5 0.9 56%
THE GOLDBERGS ABC 1.9 2.8 0.9 47%
NCIS CBS 2.1 3.0 0.9 43%
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 2.7 3.6 0.9 33%
THE VOICE – MON. NBC 3.2 4.1 0.9 28%
23 NEW GIRL FOX 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
CODE BLACK – P CBS 1.2 2.0 0.8 67%
MACGYVER CBS 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
THE GOOD PLACE NBC 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
SPEECHLESS ABC 1.8 2.6 0.8 44%
LETHAL WEAPON FOX 2.0 2.8 0.8 40%
THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 3.3 4.1 0.8 24%


Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.1 2.4 1.3 118%
2 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 1.8 3.9 2.1 117%
3 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 0.9 1.9 1.0 111%
4 QUANTICO ABC 1.0 2.0 1.0 100%
SCREAM QUEENS FOX 0.7 1.4 0.7 100%
6 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 1.3 2.5 1.2 92%
7 THE EXORCIST FOX 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
GOTHAM FOX 1.2 2.2 1.0 83%
9 NEW GIRL FOX 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
10 SECRETS AND LIES ABC 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
11 ELEMENTARY – P CBS 0.8 1.4 0.6 75%
12 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.3 4.0 1.7 74%
13 CHICAGO PD NBC 1.5 2.6 1.1 73%
THIS IS US NBC 2.6 4.5 1.9 73%
15 BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
CHICAGO MED NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.6 2.7 1.1 69%
18 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.4 4.0 1.6 67%
CODE BLACK – P CBS 1.2 2.0 0.8 67%
20 ONCE UPON A TIME ABC 1.1 1.8 0.7 64%
21 MACGYVER CBS 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
THE GOOD PLACE NBC 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
23 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
PITCH FOX 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
HELL’S KITCHEN FOX 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH 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 ABC 7969 15618 7649 96%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 14247 19729 5482 38%
3 THIS IS US NBC 8748 13869 5121 59%
4 BULL CBS 13618 18477 4859 36%
5 THE BLACKLIST NBC 5994 10680 4686 78%
6 EMPIRE FOX 9651 13889 4238 44%
7 MODERN FAMILY ABC 7415 11562 4147 56%
8 BLUE BLOODS CBS 10558 14558 4000 38%
9 NCIS CBS 15521 19497 3976 26%
10 CRIMINAL MINDS – P CBS 8928 12763 3835 43%
11 CHICAGO PD NBC 6139 9881 3742 61%
12 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 8416 12125 3709 44%
13 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 10766 14276 3510 33%
14 CODE BLACK – P CBS 6368 9787 3419 54%
15 CHICAGO MED NBC 6789 10120 3331 49%
16 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 4332 7657 3325 77%
17 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 6056 9289 3233 53%
18 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 9728 12763 3035 31%
19 BLINDSPOT NBC 5604 8507 2903 52%
20 QUANTICO ABC 3566 6438 2872 81%
21 MACGYVER CBS 9069 11888 2819 31%
22 ELEMENTARY – P CBS 6033 8839 2806 47%
23 MADAM SECRETARY – P CBS 9196 11975 2779 30%
24 LETHAL WEAPON FOX 7234 9911 2677 37%
25 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 11746 14402 2656 23%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

 

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 7969 15618 7649 96%
2 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 2956 5389 2433 82%
3 QUANTICO ABC 3566 6438 2872 81%
4 THE BLACKLIST NBC 5994 10680 4686 78%
5 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER ABC 4332 7657 3325 77%
6 SCREAM QUEENS FOX 1697 2901 1204 71%
7 GOTHAM FOX 3537 5926 2389 68%
8 THE EXORCIST FOX 1976 3302 1326 67%
9 NEW GIRL FOX 2027 3294 1267 63%
10 CHICAGO PD NBC 6139 9881 3742 61%
11 THIS IS US NBC 8748 13869 5121 59%
12 MODERN FAMILY ABC 7415 11562 4147 56%
SECRETS AND LIES ABC 3688 5736 2048 56%
14 PITCH FOX 3677 5687 2010 55%
15 CODE BLACK – P CBS 6368 9787 3419 54%
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 6056 9289 3233 53%
17 BLINDSPOT NBC 5604 8507 2903 52%
18 NOTORIOUS ABC 4512 6798 2286 51%
19 THE GOOD PLACE NBC 4447 6689 2242 50%
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE FOX 2337 3496 1159 50%
21 CHICAGO MED NBC 6789 10120 3331 49%
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH FOX 2496 3717 1221 49%
23 ELEMENTARY – P CBS 6033 8839 2806 47%
24 EMPIRE FOX 9651 13889 4238 44%
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 8416 12125 3709 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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