‘Blacklist,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Are Biggest Week 2 DVR Gainers


Rookie NBC drama sets a record for playback; ABC, CBS claim the most shows with big lifts

Some of the biggest shows on television continue to shatter DVR playback records this fall, with NBC’s “The Blacklist” raising the bar even higher with its second episode.

Live+7 data from Nielsen for the Sept. 30 episode shows “Blacklist” adding a whopping 6.504 million viewers to its same-night viewership, vaulting its total from 11.35 million to 17.86 million. That makes it the first broadcast network show to add more than 6 million viewers.

The previous high gain for any series from Live+SD to Live+7 was the season premiere episode of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (5.705 million).

The big surge for “Blacklist” means it retained 98% of its premiere-week viewership. And it fared even better in adults 18-49, where its growth of 2.2 ratings points brought its total to 5.5 — the same as its premiere episode, which did a 3.8 same-night rating.

Another rookie show that looked especially strong in Week 2 playback was Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” which rose 2.1 points (3.0 to 5.1) with its third episode (it started a week before the official start of the season). One week earlier (with its second episode), “Sleepy” did a 3.1 in Live+SD and a 5.3 in Live+7.

Among the 22 programs that grew by at least 1.1 ratings points during Week 2 (Sept. 30-Oct. 6), ABC and CBS had seven apiece, while NBC and Fox both had four. ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” tied with “Sleepy Hollow” for the week’s third biggest lift (up 2.1), pushing its L7 rating to 5.4, down 23% from its big premiere (4.7 rating in Live+SD and 7.0 in Live+7).

CBS had the week’s biggest 18-49 gainer with “The Big Bang Theory” (up 2.4, 5.2 to 7.6). And for the week is ranked No. 1, overtaking NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

The biggest risers on a percentage basis among the top 25 series were Fox’s “New Girl” (up 89%), Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (up 79%), CBS’ “Elementary” (75%), NBC’s “Parenthood” (73%) and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” (70%). Throw in “Glee,” and Fox had four of the six biggest growers in percentage during Week 2 of the season.

At CW, its Thursday dramas showed big gains for their premieres in Week 2. “The Vampire Diaries” rose 52% in total viewers (3.94m vs. 2.59m) and 64% in adults 18-34 (2.08 vs. 1.27), while spinoff “The Originals” rose 46% in total viewers (3.21m vs. 2.21m) and 70% in adults 18-34 (1.30 vs. 0.96).


(Live + 7)

Adults 18-49

1)  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 7.6 (5.2 in Live+SD)
2)  Sunday Night Football (NBC), 7.0 (7.0)
3)  Modern Family (ABC), 6.2 (4.2)
4)  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 5.8 (4.7)
5)  Duck Dynasty (A&E), 5.7 (3.4)
6)  Monday Night Football (ESPN), 5.6 (5.6)
7)  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 5.5 (4.5)
7)  The Blacklist (NBC), 5.5 (3.3)
9)  Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC), 5.4 (3.3)
10)  Sleepy Hollow (Fox), 5.1 (3.0)

Total Viewers

1)  NCIS (CBS), 24.22 million (19.98 in Live +SD)
2)  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 23.70 million (18.22m)
3)  60 Minutes (CBS), 18.29 million (17.11m)
4)  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 18.21 million (15.09m)
5)  The Blacklist (NBC), 17.86 million (11.35m)
6)  Sunday Night Football (NBC), 17.75 million (17.69m)
7)  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 16.72 million (14.53m)
8)  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 16.62 million (14.16m)
9)  Person of Interest (CBS), 16.44 million (12.35m)
10)  Modern Family (ABC), 15.21 million (11.12m)



The Big Bang Theory (CBS)                    5.2     7.6    (2.4)
The Blacklist (CBS)                                    3.3     5.5    (2.2)
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC)        3.3     5.4    (2.1)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)                                 3.0     5.1    (2.1)
Modern Family (ABC)                              4.2     6.2    (2.0)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)                            3.1     4.9    (1.8)
New Girl (Fox)                                            1.9     3.6    (1.7)
Elementary (CBS)                                      2.0     3.5    (1.5)
Nashville (ABC)                                          1.9     3.2    (1.3)
Scandal (ABC)                                             3.6     4.9    (1.3)
Criminal Minds (CBS)                               2.7     4.0    (1.3)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)              3.1     4.4    (1.3)
Chicago Fire (NBC)                                    2.6     3.9    (1.3)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)                        2.6     3.8    (1.2)
NCIS (CBS)                                                   3.5     4.7    (1.2)
Castle (ABC)                                                2.2     3.3    (1.1)
CSI (CBS)                                                      2.1     3.2    (1.1)
The Crazy Ones (CBS)                             2.9      4.0    (1.1)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)                     1.4      2.5    (1.1)
Glee (Fox)                                                   1.6      2.7    (1.1)
Parenthood (NBC)                                   1.5     2.6    (1.1)
The Voice-Monday (NBC)                      4.7     5.8    (1.1)

Total Viewers

The Blacklist (NBC)                                11.35m      17.86m       (6.51m)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)                 18.22m      23.70m       (5.48m)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)                                7.97m      12.79m       (4.82m)
Elementary (CBS)                                     9.38m      14.20m       (4.82m)
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC)       8.66m       13.16m       (4.50m)
NCIS (CBS)                                              19.98m      24.22m       (4.24m)
Castle (ABC)                                           10.88m       15.04m       (4.16m)
Person of Interest (CBS)                      12.35m       16.44m       (4.09m)
Modern Family (ABC)                           11.12m       15.21m       (4.09m)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)                           9.60m       13.62m       (4.02m)

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  1. Frank W says:

    I missed Blacklist on regular broadcast, but binge watched OnDemand the first two and then watched ep 4, thinking I had already watched ep 3, which I just now finished watching. Love the show, and James Spader’s character reminded me of a friend who recently passed. I saw an online preview early in the year and other than SHEILD, it was the only new show I was interested in seeing.

  2. Jake says:

    Question is does this matter now to advertisers, I would love to see in addition — the live plus 3 which is what they pay for now

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