DVR Ratings: This Is Us, Bull, Big Bang Lead Premiere Week's Early Gainers

The DVR playback numbers are in for Fall TV premiere week’s Monday and Tuesday offerings, and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory as usual got much bigger, while NBC’s This Is Us solidified its position as a breakout hit.

In the coveted 18-49 demo, Big Bang enjoyed the largest total gain of the first two days — 1.6 rating points — to wind up with a 5.4 for its Season 10 opener. The hitcom also netted the largest audience, swelling 28 percent to 20.3 million viewers.

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Among Monday/Tuesday’s freshman launches, This Is Us grew a full 1.4 in the demo (or 50 percent) to register a 4.2 rating for its buzzy launch — maintaining its standing as the fall’s top-rated debut to date and marking the largest Live+3 gain for any series launch since Fox’s Empire circa January 2015. CBS’ Bull, meanwhile, delivered the largest total audience in Live+3 numbers, growing 25 percent to 19.4 million viewers. (That adjusted viewership pulls it ahead of lead-in NCIS, which wound up with 19.2 mil; both shows scored a 2.9 demo rating).

Lastly, of some note: ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — now airing at the wee hour of 10 pm — enjoyed the largest percentage gains of any Monday/Tuesday program, up 82 percent in the demo (to a respectable 2.0) while growing 62 percent in audience (to 5.5 million viewers), with Live+3 DVR playback folded in.

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18 Comments
  1. theonematt says:

    Writing the Luke Cage review, you say? Soooo…how is it? :D

  2. What was the total audience for This Is Us? Thanks!

  3. Aaron H says:

    How did “The Good Place” fair?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Rose 43% in demo (to a 3.3), tying Kevin Can Wait as top-rated new comedy (of, um, two).

      • Kevin is gonna have to wait a long, long time for me to watch a show that network executives are pandering to the type of people who have no idea what makes for good humor. (I know I am not sound like a good humor person, but I just quit smoking cigarettes–my longest, consistent relationship over the years!!) Now that might make a better comedy show…

  4. Hollie says:

    Seems the Ghost Rider-Centric SHIELD marketing strategy mostly paid off! I mean, they still aren’t doing phenomenal numbers, but they’ve certainly gained some ground, and possibly started to dig themselves out of the cancellation hole, perhaps?

    • Robert Dassler says:

      The only “cancellation hole” is the one that some people have created in their heads. The show isn’t cancelled until ABC actually says that it is. Everything else at this point is nothing more than idle and, I might say, counterproductive speculation.

    • It’s exactly the same ratings they were pulling around 3b.

      • Hollie says:

        Actually, that’s not quite true. 4×01 pulled a 3.4 and a 1.1 in the demo, per Tvline (and the post DVR rating, as you can see above, is 5.5/2.0) The last episode that had that good a rating in viewers, demo or DVR was 3×11. Most of 3B pulled roughly 2.9 and an 0.8 in the demo. As you can see, 3.4 and 1.1 is not a drastic uptick, but still could be considered a substantial one. The correct statement here is closer to ‘It’s about the same ratings they were pulling around 3A’. And besides all that, it doesn’t matter what 3B was pulling, SHIELD not only maintaining their numbers but increasing on them, despite a major timeslot move, (to the ABC deathslot, no less!) is a sign that the network’s marketing strategy is probably paying off.

  5. Paige says:

    Bull certainly benefitted from it’s primo time-slot and oversaturation pre-series promotion. I highly doubt these numbers will hold over the next few weeks.

  6. sonic16q says:

    How did Pitch and Designated Survivor fare after factoring DVR numbers?

  7. JJ says:

    What about Scream Queens??

  8. Keith says:

    Are the DVR numbers from cable companies or Nielsen?