Chart: Top 10 Season Passes and Premieres

Oct 10, 2007  •  Post A Comment

One way to tell what people are looking forward to watching is by checking their digital video recorders.

The folks at TiVo have done just that, and as the season started, the shows chosen for TiVo Season Passes are largely the same as last year’s top 10.

More interesting are the new shows viewers have set Season Passes for, which means all new episodes will be recorded—and possibly played back.

The only new shows to crack the top 50 overall so far this year are ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff “Private Practice” and NBC’s “Bionic Woman.”

“Premiere week’s TiVo Season Pass results serve as an indication of early marketing success and buzz generation, as well as the public’s overall appetite for these shows,” said Todd Juenger, VP and general manager of TiVo Audience Research & Measurement. “Although subscriber behavior habitually begins slowly—some are slow to add a new show to Season Pass and may sample it for a few weeks before making that commitment—‘Private Practice’ and ‘Bionic Woman,’ two highly anticipated shows, opened with high expectations from a confident audience.”

The initial rankings are not always an indicator that a show will be successful. Last year, NBC’s ballyhooed “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” was on top of the list of new shows. It eventually was passed by NBC’s “Heroes,” which is now in the Top 10 list.

Here is TiVo’s complete Season Pass top 10 list, plus the highest-ranked new shows for this season and last season.

2007 2006
Rank   Rank 
1   Grey’s Anatomy          1  Grey’s Anatomy     
2   Desperate Housewives      2  Desperate Housewives  
3   House                3  CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
4   Lost               4  Lost           
5   CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 5  House           
6   Heroes               6  Survivor: Cook Islands 
7   American Idol          7  American Idol       
8   24                8  24
9   The Office           9  Oprah           
10  CSI: Miami            10  CSI: Miami       
18  Private Practice         12  Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
43  Bionic Woman           64  Jericho          
54  Journeyman             72  Shark           
55  Dirty Sexy Money         79  Six Degrees        
65  Back to You             80  Men in Trees      
70  Cane               84  Kidnapped         
75  Chuck                85  Heroes         
76  The War               99  The New Adventures of Old Christine         

89  Kid Nation             


95  Big Shots                          


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