As CBS nears back episodic order decisions on the last two new series on the Big 4 networks this fall to find out their fate, Supergirl and Code Black, there is more DVR data on both shows for the network and us to look at. The Live+7 results for the week of Oct. 26, which included the debut of Supergirl, came out today. With seven days of delayed viewing, the premiere of the CBS superhero drama went up to a 4.4 in 18-49 to rank as the No.1 drama series for the week. While Supergirl opened very well behind The Big Bang Theory, its problem had been post-premiere erosion as the series adjusts to the Monday 8 PM slot with no lead-in. Its Live+3 ratings have been trending down: 4.1, 3.0, 2.5. In Live+same day, Supergirl fell to a 1.7 in 18-49 last week. Tonight’s performance could be important for Supergirl‘s long-term prospects. With its solid DVR lifts, Supergirl will likely get a back order. Its ability to stem the declines and find a reasonable bottom may inform the network’s decision on the size of the back order.
CBS other late fall arrival, Code Black, has been on a different track. After a modest debut, 1.5 in Live+same day 18-49, the medical drama has gotten little attention. Its DVR lifts also have been modest, with the premiere inching up a tenth to a 1.6 in Live+3. But, flying under the radar, Code Black has been improving little by little, something very few shows have accomplished, with its Live+3 results for the first three weeks trending up: 1.6, 1.7, 1.8. That is still a soft performance but the upward trajectory may get CBS brass’ attention.
Along with the Live+7 results for the Supergirl premiere, the Oct. 26 weekly Live+7 results included another DVR percentage lift record for ABC freshman Quantico. The thriller drama starring Priyanka Chopra, which faced the World Series that night, skyrocketed +133% among adults 18-49 to a 2.8 – the biggest percentage increase for any single telecast on a major network so far this season and the series’ largest L+7 build yet. Here are the top L+7 performers for the week of Oct. 26 in 18-49: