In 2017 DVR viewership is more important than it’s ever been — it still may not hold a candle to watching a show live and getting that ad revenue, but it’s a good way to gauge overall popularity and whether or not there’s a way to convert some of those DVR viewers into ones watching live. We’ve got for you below some of the latest live+7 data for all of these shows’ recent premieres — this is still technically just a sampling of the shows’ overall viewership in the end, but this gives us a good sense for now of where they are starting off.
NCIS season 15 – For the premiere the Mark Harmon series drew live a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and then 13.3 million viewers. With DVR viewers factored in the premiere brought in a much-nicer 2.5 rating and 17.4 million. It’s not getting the total live+7 viewership of This Is Us at the moment but we do still consider CBS to be thrilled with the viewership they’re getting a decade and a half into the show’s run. It still seems like this series will last however long the producers want it to.
Bull season 2 – The Michael Weatherly series went from a 1.3 to a 2.0 in the demo and from 10.1 million viewers up to 14.1. While not NCIS numbers this is certainly still solid for the show — we love the direction of the second season to date and hope that this continues. If it does, we do consider Bull a pretty good lock to get a third season.
NCIS: New Orleans season 4 – There’s no cause for concern right now but we’re a little cagier here on the future of this show, just because it premiered to only a 1.0. Luckily it did rise to a 1.7 with the DVR ratings factored in and also went from 8.8 to 12.7 million viewers.
Criminal Minds season 13 – Finally, let’s turn to the only series airing in a new timeslot. The latest premiere on CBS is actually the biggest winner of the four in DVR viewing, going from a 1.3 rating up to a 2.4 (almost on par with NCIS) and going from 7 million to 11.2 million. It added more viewers via live+7 than any of the other shows mentioned here.
While these numbers are all for premieres and will likely decline, they’re still worth noting as a way to give you a sense of trajectory. The live ratings may be down, but we at CarterMatt still don’t get the sense any of them are going anywhere.
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