TV Ratings: ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Quantico’ Top 2015-16 Delayed-Viewing Rankings

NBC’s “The Blacklist” and ABC’s “Quantico” were among the 2015-16 broadcast series to show the most growth in delayed-viewing, according to Nielsen data.

For the season ending May 25, “The Blacklist” led all broadcast shows in percentage growth from live-plus-same day ratings in the 18-49 demo to live-plus-three numbers, up 79%. NBC’s “Grimm” followed at 78%, with “Quantico” close behind at 77%.

TV’s top-rated scripted shows — Fox’s “Empire” and CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” — gained the most raw ratings points in delayed viewing, each averaging 1.7 points in growth between live-plus-same day and live-plus-three in the demo.

In total viewers, “Quantico” led all shows in percentage increase, up 69% from live-plus-same-day to live-plus-three. The CW’s “The Originals” followed at 60%. In total viewers, seven of the top 20 percentage gainers hailed from the CW. That’s due largely to the fact that the CW has fewer viewers than the Big Four broadcasters do, lowering the base number from which the percentage is derived. But it also speaks to the 18-34-skewing network’s young audience, which is less inclined toward live viewing than older-skewing audiences are.

Technically, Fox’s “Wayward Pines” also ranked among the top delayed-viewing gainers in all categories, but only the season finale of the summer event series aired after the start of the 2015-16 season.

See the broadcast shows that grew the most in delayed viewing below:


  1. “The Blacklist,” NBC — 1.4 (L+SD), 2.5 (L+3), +79%
  2. “Grimm,” NBC — 0.9 (L+SD), 1.6 (L+3), +78%
  3. “Quantico,” ABC — 1.3 (L+SD), 2.3 (L+3), +77%
  4. “Shades of Blue,” NBC — 1.2 (L+SD), 2.1 (L+3), +75%
  5. “The Originals,” CW —0.4 (L+SD), 0.7 (L+3), +75%

Total Viewers

  1. “Quantico,” ABC — 4.4 million (L+SD), 7.4 million (L+3), +69%
  2. “The Originals,” CW — 0.9 million (L+SD), 1.5 million (L+3), +60%
  3. “Shades of Blue,” NBC — 5.8 million (L+SD), 9.2 million (L+3), +59%
  4. “The Vampire Diaries,” CW — 1.1 million (L+SD), 1.8 million (L+3), +56%
  5. “The Blacklist,” NBC — 6.8 million (L+SD), 10.7 million (L+3), 56%

More TV

  • How Cooking-Travel Shows Are Changing TV

    How Cooking-Travel Shows Are Changing TV

    Toyo hunches over his street food stove, cooking tuna with a blow torch, stopping to light his cigarette with it and produce a cheeky grin. The Japanese chef, who owns a roadside stand in the city of Osaka, is one of many highlighted in the Netflix series “Street Food.” Over the course of 30 minutes, [...]


    SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Proposal for New Film-TV Contract

    The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved proposals for a successor deal to its master contract covering feature film and primetime television — a key step in the upcoming negotiations cycle with companies. The board approved the package Saturday with the performers union declining to reveal any specifics — its usual policy. The board established the wages [...]

  • Shannen Doherty'Jennie Garth: A Little Bit

    Shannen Doherty Joins 'Riverdale' Season 4 in Luke Perry Tribute

    “Riverdale” is planning to make a special tribute to Luke Perry. The show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Comic-Con that Shannen Doherty, Perry’s longtime friend and “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star, will guest star in the season 4 premiere. The tribute episode will “reflect Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character” Fred Andrews [...]

  • Supernatural CW

    'Supernatural' Team Gets Emotional Final Season Sendoff at Comic-Con

    The cast and creative team of “Supernatural” bid a fond farewell to the attendees of San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday. At the show’s final panel in the gargantuan Hall H, the team thanked the fans for all of their support over the years as the series prepares to enter its final season. “I’m trying not [...]

  • Alicia Rodis photographed by Alicia Rodis

    SAG-AFTRA Moves to Standardize Guidelines for Intimacy Coordinators

    SAG-AFTRA is moving to standardize guidelines for intimacy coordinators as part of an effort to establish policies for union members when their work involves nudity and simulated sex. “Our goal is to normalize and promote the use of intimacy coordinators within our industry,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “Intimacy coordinators provide an important safety net for [...]

  • SDCC TV News Roundup: Syfy Releases

    SDCC TV News Roundup: Syfy Releases 'The Magicians' Season 5 Clip (Watch)

    In today’s SDCC TV news roundup, Syfy shares a clip from “The Magicians” Season 5, and Amazon sets the Season 4 premiere of “The Expanse.” CASTING Julie Gonzalo and Staz Nair have joined the cast of “Supergirl” for its upcoming fifth season. Gonzalo will portray iconic DC character Andrea Rojas aka Acrata, a polished businesswoman [...]

  • Doom Patrol -- Ep. 101 --

    'Doom Patrol' Renewed, Season 2 to Stream on DC Universe and HBO Max

    “Doom Patrol” has been renewed for a second season and will soon be available outside of DC Universe. At San Diego Comic-Con, series executive producer Jeremy Carver and star Diane Guerrero announced not only that the show will be back for another season but also that it will be available on HBO Max, the upcoming [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content