Originally posted on Variety:
Some of the biggest shows on television continue to shatter DVR playback records this fall, with NBC’s “The Blacklist” raising the bar even higher with its second episode.
Live+7 data from Nielsen for the Sept. 30 episode shows “Blacklist” adding a whopping 6.504 million viewers to its same-night viewership, vaulting its total from 11.35 million to 17.86 million. That makes it the first broadcast network show to add more than 6 million viewers.
The previous high gain for any series from Live+SD to Live+7 was the season premiere episode of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (5.705 million).
The big surge for “Blacklist” means it retained 98% of its premiere-week viewership. And it fared even better in adults 18-49, where its growth of 2.2 ratings points brought its total to 5.5 — the same as its premiere episode, which did a 3.8 same-night rating.
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