These are some of the things that leap out in the final Live +7 ratings for the 2013-14 season. The season’s top show, “The Big Bang Theory,” ends up with a “Friends”-esque* 23.1 million viewers and 7.5 rating among adults 18-49 with DVR viewing is added in, up from 17.6 million viewers and a 5.0 in its overnight numbers.
(*DVRs didn’t exist for much of “Friends'” run, and ratings from them weren’t measured until the late 2000s, so we’re not making an apples-to-apples comparison. But its overnight numbers suggest “Big Bang” could have held its own in the sitcom heyday of the ’90s.)
Here are some more fun facts from Nielsen’s season-long Live +7 ratings (see the complete rankings):
– In total viewers, “The Blacklist” is the biggest DVR gainer since Nielsen started measuring Live +7. It grew by 6.1 million viewers per episode, which is more people than live in Denmark.
– Six shows — “The Blacklist,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Elementary,” “Modern Family,” “Person of Interest” and “Castle” — grew by at least 4 million viewers per episode. In 2012-13, only two series did.
– Younger viewers really love their DVRs. Eleven of the Top 12 shows among adults 18-49 grew their demo rating by at least 50 percent in the Live +7 ratings. (The exception: “How I Met Your Mother,” which grew by 38 percent.)
– Reality shows aren’t DVR shows. “The Voice” is a Top 10 show overall, but in terms of DVR viewers added it’s only 44th, with a little under 2 million. It and “Survivor” are the biggest DVR shows among adults 18-49, but they add only eight tenths of a point, tied for 37th.
– “Sleepy Hollow” averaged 3.88 million DVR viewers this season. That’s bigger than the same-day audience for all but one of FOX’s live-action comedies (“Surviving Jack”), and even beats the Live +7 totals for “The Mindy Project,” “Enlisted” and “Raising Hope.”
– Here’s why live sports and events are proliferating on networks: For the season, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is the No. 1 series among adults 18-49 with a 7.9 rating. Its DVR gain in the demo is 0.1 — meaning just about everyone who watches is seeing the commercials.
– The least-DVR’d show of the season? The second segment of “Football Night in America,” which gained a measly 2,000 viewers and nothing among adults 18-49.