Ratings Watch: ‘Blindspot’, ‘Limitless’, ‘Quantico’ Are Looking Promising

Ratings Watch

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.

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

Sunday Night Football: New Orleans vs. DallasNBC

24.3

24.2

2

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

19.8

15.2

3

Thursday Night Football: Baltimore vs. PittsburghCBS/NFL Network

NCISCBS

19.5

19.5

19.4

16.5

5

EmpireFox

18.0

13.7

6

The Voice (Tuesday)NBC

15.3

13.6

7

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

15.0

12.9

8

Blue BloodsCBS

14.7

11.4

9

The Voice (Monday)NBC

14.1

12.1

10

BlindspotNBC

13.7

9.1

11

Monday Night Football: Seattle vs. DetroitESPN

13.6

13.5

12

Madam SecretaryCBS

13.5

11.8

13

The OTFox

13.3

13.3

14

Criminal MindsCBS

13.1

10.1

15

ScandalABC

13.0

9.1

16

LimitlessCBS

12.8

9.7

17

ScorpionCBS

12.7

9.5

18

Dancing with the Stars (Monday)ABC

12.6

11.1

19

60 MinutesCBS

12.2

11.8

20

Modern FamilyABC

The BlacklistNBC

12.1

12.1

8.7

7.8

22

Hawai’i Five-0CBS

11.9

9.2

23

Grey’s AnatomyABC

11.7

8.6

24

Code BlackCBS

11.5

8.6

25

QuanticoABC

SurvivorCBS

The Good WifeCBS

How to Get Away with MurderABC

11.0

11.0

11.0

11.0

7.0

9.4

9.2

7.5

Total viewers; in millions