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Audience For CBS’ Premiere of ‘Scorpion’ Tops 26 Million Via 35-Day Multi-Platform Viewing

You can’t say CBS was unable to get viewers to sample “Scorpion.”

The net on Friday released multi-platform viewing estimates that showed the rookie Monday drama has jumped from its previously reported “live plus same-day” audience of 13.9 million to a whopping 26.15 million.

CBS gave “Scorpion” its best possible entertainment series lead-in by scheduling it behind the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” on Sept. 22, and an encore telecast on Saturday night drew 4.68 million who hadn’t seen it on Monday.

The inclusion of 7-day DVR playback added 5.32 million viewers, according to Nielsen, and according to Rentrak and CBS Interactive internal data, “Scorpion” also added another 2.25 million through video-on-demnd transactions and online streaming on CBS.com and its multi-channel video partners.

CBS has already extended the first season of “Scorpion” to 22 episodes.

Fox last week released its multi-platform totals over 30 days, with “Gotham” more than doubling its same-night total to top 22 million. Three lower-rated shows, “New Girl,” “Red Band Society” and “Sleepy Hollow,” also more than doubled their previously reported “live plus same-day” total in non-linear viewing.

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