Below is a ranking of the Top 25 shows in L+7 post-airdate viewership gain (technical speak for “people watching a new episode of a TV show up to seven days after it airs”) for the week of 3/20/17 ending on 3/26/17 — with our customary Notes and Other Observations. Note that we’ve been tracking this since the beginning of the season, so that insight may reflect here:
Notes and Other Observations:
- NBC’s entire Monday night (two hours of The Voice and Taken), CBS’s entire Wednesday night (Survivor, Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) and NBC’s entire Wednesday night (Blindspot, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago PD) lineups all rank in this Top 25.
- Highest weekly ranking for Chicago PD at #2 — at least since we’ve been tracking L-7 post airdate lift.
- For its spring return, #3 is the highest weekly ranking for Empire since we started tracking raw lift earlier this season.
- Season high in raw lift for Dancing with the Stars with its spring return — and second weekly ranking of the season.
- Taken is the only new entry this week — coming in at #25.
And below is a listing of the Top 25 shows season-to-date in the same metric with our customary Notes and Other Observations. Note that we’ve also been tracking this since the beginning of the season, so that insight may reflect here as well:
Notes and Other Observations:
- Designated Survivor has topped this ranking since its 9/21/16 premiere — often more than doubling on its L+SD (Live plus Same-Day) viewership. In fact, its L+7 viewership average is currently 6% above its L+SD viewership average (and 21% above This Is Us — which has concluded for the season).
- NBC’s entire Chicago franchise ranks in this Top 25 (#11 for Fire, #12 for PD, #19 for Med and #25 for the new Justice).
- Elementary returns to this Top 25 at #24 — pushing Blindspot back off the listing.
- There are currently five new shows in this Top 25 (Designated Survivor, This Is Us, Bull, Timeless and Chicago Justice).
- This Top 25 is made up of 5 ABC shows, a leading 11 CBS shows (portending a younger viewership than the network is given credit for and/or a greater adoption of the technology than those older viewers are given credit for), 8 NBC shows and only 1 FOX show.
- This Top 25 is made up of only TWO comedies (one multi-cam and one single cam) and TWENTY-THREE dramas (sixteen procedurals and seven more serialized).
- This Top 25 is made up of 2 Monday shows, 5 Tuesday shows, a leading 7 Wednesday shows, 6 Thursday shows, 2 Friday shows and 3 Sunday shows.
- This Top 25 is made up of three 8pm shows, eleven 9pm shows and eleven 10pm shows.
- The most time-shifted hour is Wednesdays at 9pm — with shows on ABC (Modern Family), NBC (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), CBS (Criminal Minds) and FOX (Empire) airing in that time period ranking in this Top 25. Keep in mind that neither FOX nor the CW program the 10pm hour — so Wednesdays at 10pm also have representation across the remaining three networks that do.
- CBS’s entire Tuesday night (NCIS, Bull and NCIS: New Orleans) and ABC’s entire Thursday night lineup (Grey’s, Scandal and HTGAWM) rank in this Top 25 season-to-date.
- #9-ranked Empire returned in March and #4-ranked The Blacklist returns in April to finish out their respective seasons. Whether their positioning in this Top 25 rises, falls or stays the same remains to be seen.
- #2-ranked This Is Us, #16-ranked Timeless, #17-ranked HTGAWM and #18-ranked Code Black have completed their respective seasons. Whether their positioning rises, falls or stays the same remains to seen but they’re all likely to hold their Top 25 status.