Fox’s American Idol is used to topping ratings charts, and Nielsen’s year-end list of the Top 10 DVR’d shows of 2008 is no exception. Idol is first among prime-time programs that saw the biggest total gain in audience from households that watched live to households that watched within seven days. The Tuesday performance show Idol averaged a gain of 2.2 million households; the Wednesday results show, 1.9 million.
Rounding out the Top 10 shows were: NBC’s Heroes and ABC’s Lost (an increase of 1.8 million); Fox’s Fringe (1.6 million); Fox’s House (1.5 million); CBS’ The Mentalist, CBS’ Survivor: Gabon, and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (1.4 million); and Fox’s Bones (1.3 million).
Nielsen also released a Top 10 list of the prime-time shows that saw the biggest percentage increase in household rating when comparing its live audience to the audience watching it within seven days. Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica topped that cable-heavy list, growing its audience by 53 percent. The rest of that Top 10: USA’s Burn Notice (37 percent); NBC’s Heroes, The CW’s 90210, and Sci Fi’s Sanctuary (35 percent); Sci Fi’s Eureka (34 percent); TBS’ My Boys (32 percent); USA’s Psych (29 percent); USA’s In Plain Sight (28 percent); and The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, Fox’s Fringe, USA’s The Starter Wife and NBC’s The Office (27 percent).