Ratings Watch: The Big Bang Theory, Empire Beat Football in Premiere Week After DVR/VOD Lift

Michael Schneider
Ratings Watch

Americans love football, but they love Sheldon Cooper and Cookie Lyon even more.

After three days of DVR and VOD usage is included, CBS' The Big Bang Theory has jumped ahead of NBC's Sunday Night Football as the most-watched telecast on TV during premiere week. The Big Bang Theory added 4.3 million viewers to its total, leaping 24% to 22.5 million viewers for the week ending September 27–ahead of Sunday Night Football's 22.1 million.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, Fox's Empire averaged an 8.7 rating in the Live+3 ranker, jumping 30% from its initial rating and leaping ahead of Sunday Night Football (8.2 rating).

Empire and NBC's Blindspot added the most viewers in Live+3 ratings (4.6 million), followed by The Big Bang Theory (4.3 million), ABC's Quantico (4 million), ABC's How to Get Away with Murder (3.9 million), ABC's Scandal (3.8 million), CBS' Blue Bloods (3.7 million), ABC's Modern Family (3.6 million), CBS' Limitless (3.5 million), AMC's Fear the Walking Dead (3.4 million), CBS' NCIS (3.3 million), ABC's Castle (3.1 million), CBS' Scorpion (3.1 million) and CBS' NCIS: New Orleans (3 million).

Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) for the week of September 21 to 27.

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

The Big Bang Theory CBS

22.5

18.2

2

Sunday Night Football: Denver vs. Detroit NBC

22.1

22.1

3

NCIS CBS

 21.5

18.2

4

Empire Fox

20.8

16.2

5

Thursday Night Football: NY Giants vs. Washington CBS/NFL Network

17.0

16.9

6

60 Minutes CBS

15.5

15.0

7

NCIS: New Orleans CBS

15.4

12.6

8

Blindspot NBC

15.2

10.6

9

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (finale) CBS

14.9

12.2

10

The Voice (Monday) NBC

14.4

12.4

11

The Voice (Tuesday) NBC

14.3

12.3

12

Scorpion CBS

14.2

11.1

13

Scandal ABC

14.0

10.2

14

Blue Bloods CBS

13.8

10.1

15

Limitless CBS

13.4

9.9

16

Life in Pieces CBS

Modern Family ABC

13.1

13.1

11.3

9.5

 18

Dancing with the Stars (Monday) ABC

12.8

11.5

19

Monday Night Football: Indianapolis vs. NY Jets ESPN

12.6

12.5

20

Grey's Anatomy ABC

12.3

9.5

21

How to Get Away with Murder ABC

12.2

8.4

22

Survivor CBS

11.5

9.7

23

Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday) ABC

11.2

9.6

24

Quantico ABC

The Muppets ABC

11.1

11.1

7.1

9.0

Total viewers; in millions