Which TV Shows Rule the DVR?

Which TV Shows Rule the DVR? The times, they are a-changin', and that means that TV ratings are getting harder to read. With many houses having DVRs, there are a lot of shows that aren't viewed the day that they air.

Do we still count them, knowing that people are probably fast-forwarding through commercials, which are the whole reason for ratings in the first place?

I don't have the answer. What I do have, though, is a list of the ten shows that enjoy the biggest bump in viewership thanks to DVR views. You might not expect much, but considering that "Modern Family" saw their numbers jump from 14 million total viewers up to 18.5 million after DVR views were added in, the difference can be sizable.

Here are the ten shows that see the biggest bump on a weekly basis from their DVR views, courtesy of THR:

  1. "Two and a Half Men"
  2. "Modern Family"
  3. "New Girl"
  4. "2 Broke Girls"
  5. "The Big Bang Theory"
  6. "How I Met Your Mother"
  7. "NCIS"
  8. "Family Guy"
  9. "Grey's Anatomy"
  10. "The X Factor" (Wednesday)

Interestingly, most of them are half-hour comedies and only one of them is a reality show. It makes sense when you think about it: people are probably going to watch the dramas and reality shows first in fear of spoilers, then catch up on the comedies when they get the chance.

Does this mean that comedies will get a little more attention (and credit) for the numbers they pull in? Not likely yet, but it's a start toward a beautiful future that sees the sitcom return to its former 1990's glory.

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