Ratings Watch: Blindspot, Limitless, Quantico Are Looking Promising
NBC's Blindspot, CBS' Limitless and ABC's Quantico are all shaping up to be the freshman breakouts of the new fall season.
Here's what's unusual about that statement: All three shows air at 10/9c, an hour that the broadcast networks have seen fast erode due to DVR usage. More viewers watch DVR'ed programming at 10/9c than anything live–and yet these shows are the few bright spots (and we use that term loosely) in what's otherwise a rather lackluster fall.
Because they air at 10/9c, Blindspot, Limitless and Quantico are themselves experiencing major lift once three days' worth of DVR and VOD usage is included. Blindspot was actually the most watched time-shifted show, having added 4.6 million more viewers in Live+3 ratings. (Limitless added a solid 3 million, while Quantico jumped by a strong 4.1 million.)
Live+3 ratings generally can't help troubled shows, but they can embolden shows that are already exhibiting signs of strength in live viewership. And as we recently wrote, it's become virtually impossible to determine what a hit is, especially this early in the season. But at least these shows are exhibiting promise.
Meanwhile, bubbling under the top 25 as the most-watched non-sports cable telecast of the week was the Season 1 finale of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, which averaged 10.1 million viewers in Live+3 (up from an initial average of 6.9 million viewers).
Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) for the week of September 28 to October 4.
SHOW & NETWORK
Sunday Night Football: New Orleans vs. Dallas NBC
The Big Bang Theory CBS
Thursday Night Football: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh CBS/NFL Network
The Voice (Tuesday) NBC
NCIS: New Orleans CBS
Blue Bloods CBS
The Voice (Monday) NBC
Monday Night Football: Seattle vs. Detroit ESPN
Madam Secretary CBS
The OT Fox
Criminal Minds CBS
Dancing with the Stars (Monday) ABC
60 Minutes CBS
Modern Family ABC
The Blacklist NBC
Hawai'i Five-0 CBS
Grey's Anatomy ABC
Code Black CBS
The Good Wife CBS
How to Get Away with Murder ABC
|Total viewers; in millions|