L+7 Viewership Lift — Week of 5/22/17

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 5/19/17 ending on 5/28/17 — 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:

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Notes and Other Observations:

  • Interesting final week of the official broadcast TV season with SIX new entries (The Bachelorette, Shots FiredDownward DogBrooklyn Nine Nine, Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Beat Shazam) as shows with stronger DVR lifts have already completed their season.
  • Highest number of entire lineups in this Top 25:
    1. FOX’s entire Monday night (Gotham and Lucifer)
    2. NBC’s entire Monday night (two hours of the first part of the Voice season finale and Running Wild with Bear Grylls)
    3. ABC’s entire Monday night (part one of the Dancing with the Stars season finale and the two-hour season premiere of The Bachelorette)
    4. FOX’s entire Tuesday night (one hour Brooklyn Nine Nine season finale and the Prison Break season finale)
    5. ABC’s entire Tuesday night (Downward Dog and a 90-minute Dancing with the Stars finale)
    6. CBS’s entire Wednesday night (two-hour Survivor season finale plus a one-hour Survivor reunion)
    7. FOX’s entire Wednesday night (Shots Fired and Empire)
  • Season low in this metric for Dancing with the Stars.

And below is a listing of the Top 25 shows season-to-date in the same metric with our customary Notes and Other Observations:

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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 14% above #2-ranked This Is Us.
  • There are currently five new shows in this season’s Top 25 (Designated Survivor at #1, This Is Us at #2, Bull at #6, Timeless at #16 and Lethal Weapon at #25).
  • This season’s 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), 7 NBC shows and 2 FOX shows.
  • This season’s 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 season’s Top 25 is made up of 2 Monday shows, 5 Tuesday shows, a leading 8 Wednesday shows, 6 Thursday shows, 2 Friday shows and 2 Sunday shows.
  • This season’s Top 25 is made up of four 8pm shows, ten 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 season’s Top 25. Keep in mind that neither FOX nor the CW program the 10pm hour — so Wednesdays at 10pm (with Designated Survivor on ABC, Chicago PD on NBC and Code Black on CBS) also have representation across those three remaining networks that do.
  • CBS’s entire Tuesday night (NCISBull and NCIS: New Orleans), FOX’s entire Wednesday night (Lethal Weapon and Empire) and ABC’s entire Thursday night lineups (Grey’s AnatomyScandal and How to Get Away with Murder) currently rank in this season’s Top 25.
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