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“Revolution” Gets Revolutionary DVR Ratings; Arena Leaves Friday

To borrow a phrase getting some traction these days, I was “completely wrong” about NBC’s “Revolution.”

I thought that there were so many preposterous elements in the pilot about a modern world without electricity that it didn’t have much of a chance to be a hit.

But the local ratings prove otherwise and illustrate the electric power of DVR viewing.

Dennis Quaid

The first two episodes of the series, which airs its fourth episode tonight at 10, averaged an 8.5 live rating on Channel 2 in its time slot. That’s very high for a NBC series here.

But it isn’t the full story. The same two episodes averaged a 6.3 additional rating through secondary viewing, which is higher than many NBC prime time series get when they air in their time slot. That gave the series a combined live-DVR rating of 14.8 for those two episodes, making it one of the most-watched series in WNY.

To put that in perspective, the combined rating is higher than the combined rating than every prime time series with the exception of “”NCIS” (20.6), “The Big Bang Theory (19.3), “Person of Interest” (15.8) and “Two and a Half Men” (15.1). Notably, the last three series air on Thursday night.

The point is that DVR ratings, HULU and other secondary ways of viewing shows have an enormous impact on whether series are considered hits or losers.

By far, “Revolution” was the biggest secondary viewership winner locally in the first few weeks of the new TV season.

Here are some of the other top DVR winners locally:

“Person of Interest,” which adds 3.5 ratings points, to its already high 12.3 live rating.

ABC’s “Private Practice” adds 3.4 ratings, which is 70 percent of its live audience of 5.0.

CSI,” which still is popular here, adds 3.3 ratings points, which is 38 percent of its live audience rating of 8.6.

The pilot of the new CBS series “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quad, added 3.2 ratings points to its 11.0 live rating.

 “NCIS,” the top-rated series in WNY, adds 3 ratings points to its already high 17.6 live ratings.

NBC’s “The Voice,” which has added 2.9 to 3.2 ratings points to some live viewership episodes.

NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” added 2.8 ratings point to average a combined rating of 10.5.

NBC’s “Parenthood,” which adds an average of 2.6 ratings points. Its audience from DVR viewing can be as much as 60-70 percent as high as its live audience.

Fox’s “Glee,” which added 2.7 ratings points to one audience, which was 90 percent of its live audience of 3.0 on Sept. 24.

The season premiere of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” added 2.3 ratings point to give it a 14.2 rating, which is extremely impressive for a series that old.

Of the Top 10 series in secondary viewership locally, six of them air at 10 p.m. That suggests people go to bed early around here.

Joe Arena

According to my spies, Channel 4 morning anchor Joe Arena’s last day at the station is Friday. As previously reported here, Arena is expected to land a job in Pittsburgh.

A tryout? Melissa Holmes subbed for “Daybreak” co-anchor Jodi Johnston this morning on Channel 2. Holmes, who used to anchor in the morning at Channel 4, would seem to be one of the leading candidates to replace Johnston when she leaves after the November sweeps to work for First Niagara. 

Finally, I notice my hits go down on weekends, possbily because many of you read this blog while at work. If so, you might want to read the blogs I wrote Saturday and Sunday when you were off after you finish this one. 


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12 responses to "“Revolution” Gets Revolutionary DVR Ratings; Arena Leaves Friday"

  1. GMan says:

    At least Joe will actually have a real NFL team to root for and enjoy watching . Good luck,Joe, in your new opportunity in Pittsburgh.

  2. Tom W. says:

    Good luck to Joe. Pittsburgh is a great city and has a lot to offer. Even though I was hard on him at first when he started, he really became a solid anchor and did a nice job.

    • Tina says:

      I agree with you about Joe. I wasn’t a fan at all at first. I thought he was too loud but he grew on me quite a bit and I think it is a loss for Channel 4.

      Maybe it isn’t necessary but I feel bad for Melissa Holmes if they are trying to recruit her for Daybreak. I am sure she was happy to give up the god awful hours and now she may have to go back? Doesn’t seem fair.

  3. Tom W. says:

    Melissa Holmes would probably be the best choice for Daybreak. Lots of people followed her on 4 during those hours and she has kept a good following on 2 since switching. She also seems to work together with John Beard well.

    I found out that Joe Arena will be joining WPXI Channel 11, which is the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh (owned by Cox Communications). He would make the second person who has worked in Buffalo to join that station. Julie Fine, who used to be at 7 has been at that station for a few years now. It’s a good station- actually all 3 stations in Pittsburgh are very close in ratings.
    Link: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.voy.com%2F187343%2F&ei=vAZzUPXXF4iE0QGZ2IGoCQ&usg=AFQjCNFVtPThf4uGiBbDO-5bKhPaV4WJUA

  4. Dave says:

    Alan, this post by Scott is spam. Seems DISH employees go to TV website and post semi-related comments where thyey sing the praises of DISH and their “Hopper” DVR. It is all over EW’s TV recaps.

  5. Larry B says:

    Maybe if the put Holmes on Daybreak 2 will stop the silly countdown at 10. It makes me not watch their ten o’clock news. Thanks Alan I love your blog.

  6. Leon Brozyna says:

    “Revoluton” is what I think of as an alternate-reality type show, like “Jericho” or “Lost” or “Heroes”.

    If they keep up the pace of the first four episodes, they have a chance of succeeding if the writers remember that it has a short shelf-life — two or three seasons. Look at what happened with “Lost” when it seemed the writers were milking it and viewers left.

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