The Year in DVR Playback: Big Bang, Blacklist, Dracula Among Top Gainers

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The final tallies for broadcast TV’s 2013-14 season are in, and The Big Bang Theory enjoyed the biggest gains from Live+7 DVR playback — aka Nielsen family members who watched recorded programs within a week of broadcast. Elsewhere, that Modern Family grew and grew while freshman fare such as The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow locked in Season 2 renewals with significant surges — though no amount of DVR lovin’ could save Dracula or the Chance clan.

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In terms of absolute ratings gains, the Top 5 rank as follows:
1 | The Big Bang Theory (+2.5 points to average a 7.5 demo rating)
2 | Modern Family (+2.1 to average a 5.6)
3 | The Blacklist (+2.0 to average a 4.9)
4 | Grey’s Anatomy (+1.8 to average a 4.5)
4 (tie) | Sleepy Hollow (+1.8 to average a 4.4)
5 | Scandal (+1.6 to average a 4.6)
5 (tie) | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (+1.6 to average a 4.0)

In terms of percentage gains in the 18-49 demo, the Top 5 rank as follows:
1 | Raising Hope (+83 percent, to average a 1.1 rating)
2 | Elementary (+82 percent, to average a 3.1 rating)
3 | Dracula (+80 percent, to average a 1.8 rating)
4 | Grimm (+79 percent, to average a 2.5 rating)
5 | Parenthood (+ 77 percent, to average a 2.3 rating)

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For those who like to look at total audience — and I know you are out there! — The Blacklist led that Live+7 pack with an average weekly surge of 6.1 million viewers, followed by Big Bang (up 5.5 mil), Elementary (up 4.6 mil), Modern Family (up 4.5 mil) and Person of Interest (up 4.4 mil). Percentage-wise, Beauty and the Beast’s total audience rose the most (roaring 65 percent, to 1.33 million weekly viewers), followed by New Girl (63 percent), The Following and Parenthood (60 percent) and The Blacklist (57 percent).

And who enjoyed the least DVR love? Among scripted fare, ABC’s Back in the Game struck out (and thus hit the showers early) with a mere 11 percent gain in the demo. Rounding out that “Bottom 5” are Fox’s The Simpsons (up 13 percent), CBS’ We Are Men (up 16 percent), and CBS’ The Millers and ABC’s Suburgatory (up 19 percent).

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  1. dj says:

    I wish they had given Dracula one more year

  2. Tran says:

    Long live Blacklist

  3. Dav says:

    How great would it be if these ratings actually mattered (in terms of a show’s renewal prospects.) Raising Hope might still be on.

    • Alex says:

      People who DVR generally don’t watch commercials, so they shouldn’t count. Live viewers like me are where the money is at!

      • Percysowner says:

        Actually studies show that people fast forward less than you think. I do FF a lot, but about 50% of the time I forget I’m not watching live and I set through the commercials. I usually surf the net during commercials, so I just do that and forget I can FF.

        • wordsmith says:

          It’s true. I think the omnipresence of smartphones and tablets has dramatically reduced the impulse to skip commercials (along with overall viewer attentiveness, but that’s another issue…)

      • Dav says:

        Oh I know. I understand about live viewing and commercials and whatnot. I was just wishfully thinking.

  4. ME says:

    I DVR 3 out of the top 5 shows (blacklist, scandal, grey’s). Everything else we DVR is cable (GOT, Masters, Homeland) We DVR not so much because we have a problem with commercials but because I have kids under 10. We have to watch things later. Our nights as a family are usually spent watching Nickelodeon/Disney (Spongebob/Sam & Cat/Jessie). And trust me, we get plenty of commercial time in a night on that channel.

  5. Ava says:

    I’m guilty of DVRing both The Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow and caught up with both last month. Both are amazing shows. So excited to see what happens next season!

  6. Big Bad says:

    No cable here? Orphan Black beat all these shows in percentage gains.

  7. wordsmith says:

    Out of curiosity, these are Live +7 gains versus what? Live? Same Day? Live +3?

  8. Justin says:

    So only the Nielsen families matter in DVR and on demand playback too?

  9. Mel says:

    Very interesting that The Millers is in the Bottom 5, and has been proclaimed CBS’ Number One new comedy. Meanwhile, they cancel a much better comedy in The Crazy Ones. Guess lowest (intelligence) common denominator wins out.

  10. Charles Smith says:

    I’ve been a watcher of NCIS since the beginning. When they killed offCate, I was so angry I swore I would never like Ziva. That lasted anout a half an episode. I really thought Ziva and Tony would wind up a secret couple, against Gibbs rule number ??, and got teary eyrd on her ladt episode. I ddon’t know what politics behind the scenes caused this, but I have not warmed up to our newbe takong her placeas fast. I yhink eveyones favorite 44 year old Abbs kinda holds the show together as the cement. I hope Illia, (yes I watched Man From U.N.C.L.E from start to fini sh as he was my favorite) o mean Ducky stays with the show as long s
    As he can as he is getting a little long in the tooth. Tim needs to have more books published, and Gibbs needs to keep on being Gibbs. The Director . . . Needs to remarry to have someone to help with his kids. Maybe someone who had her own to show a little conflict in his perdonal life. Nuff said