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ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ Rises to 17 Million Viewers in DVR Playback

ABC rookie drama “Resurrection,” which impressed in its premiere last Sunday, has grown its total-viewer number to 17 million thanks to early DVR playback.

According to Nielsen Live + 3 data, which incorporates same-night viewing and time-shifting done from Monday through Wednesday of last week, “Resurrection” grew by 22% — from 13.9 million to about 17 million. While not a particularly large percentage gain for three days, 17 million viewers is a number that few drama premieres achieve these days.

In fact, “Resurrection” is the most-watched regular-timeslot drama premiere of the season in L3, a bit ahead of NBC’s “The Blacklist” from September (17.043 million to 16.945 million). CBS’ “Intelligence,” which had an off-night premiere behind “NCIS” on a Tuesday in January (behind that show’s nearly 21 million viewers), tops all rookie dramas in L3 with 18.990 million viewers.

In adults 18-49, “Resurrection” grew by 32%, from a 3.8 to a 5.0, putting it not far behind NBC’s “The Voice” (5.3 rating), which was the week’s No. 2 broadcast in L3 (behind “The Big Bang Theory”).

ABC is replaying the pilot of “Resurrection” on Saturday in advance of the show’s second episode the next night.

Another Sunday premiere, Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” saw a similar percentage gain in adults 18-49, rising from a 2.1 to a 2.8 in L3.  In total viewers, the Fox airing jumped from 5.77 million to 7.54 million. The debut of the show, simulcast on numerous Fox channels, drew 8.5 million same-night viewers across those networks.

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