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).