Television’s busiest number-crunchers at TV by the Numbers have released their list of the most-recorded shows in America, with ABC’s Modern Family leading the pack. Shows like House, The Event and Supernatural got a significant bump in addition to first-run ratings.

Recorded episodes are making up a bigger and bigger chunk of the television audience, and the trend has been consistent for the 2010-1011 season.

For example, Modern Family scored an average of 11.2 million viewers for every live episode, plus 3.5 million DVR viewers – a whopping 31% increase.

The landscape of television continues to shift as more and more homes are equipped with place-shifting DVRs. While most of the shows in the top 20 aren’t in serious danger of cancellation, the ratings bump from DVR viewers in the first seven days after a live episode do show a shift in the viewing habits of television fans

Without further ado, here’s the top 20 DVR’d shows by total gains in viewership:

1. Modern Family – 11.2 million live viewers, 3.5 million DVR viewers, +31%

2. Hawaii Five-0 – 10.9 million live viewers, 3.6 million DVR viewers, +30%

3. The Mentalist – 14.5 million live viewers, 3.0 million DVR viewers, +21%

4. Grey’s Anatomy – 11.3 million live viewers, 2.9 million DVR viewers, +26%

5. Glee – 10.9 million live viewers, 2.7 million DVR viewers, +25%

6. Criminal Minds – 13.6 million live viewers, 2.6 million DVR viewers, +19%

7. NCIS – 19.7 million live viewers, 2.5 million DVR viewers, +13%

8. Castle – 10.7 million live viewers, 2.5 million DVR viewers, +24%

9. House – 10.0 million live viewers, 2.5 million DVR viewers, +25%

10. Blue Bloods – 11.3 million live viewers, 2.5 million DVR viewers, +22%

11. Body of Proof – 11.2 million live viewers, 2.4 million DVR viewers, +22%

12. CSI – 13.3 million live viewers, 2.3 million DVR viewers, +17%

13. The Big Bang Theory – 12.6 million live viewers, 2.3 million DVR viewers, +18%

14. American Idol (Wednesday) – 24.0 million live viewers, 2.3 million DVR viewers, +9%

15. The Good Wife – 11.8 million live viewers, 2.3 million DVR viewers, +19%

16. Bones – 10 million live viewers, 2.3 million DVR viewers, + 22%

17. Harry’s Law – 9.4 million live viewers, 2.2 million DVR viewers, +24%

18. The Office – 7.3 million live viewers, 2.2 million DVR viewers, + 30%

19. NCIS: Los Angeles – 16.2 million live viewers, 2.2 million DVR viewers, +13%

20. Private Practice – 7.6 million live viewers, 2.0 million DVR viewers, +26%

And here’s the top 10 percentage gainers in the key 18-49 demographic:

1. Fringe – 1.6 million live viewers, .9 million DVR viewers, +56%

2. Chase (Saturday) – .6 million live viewers, .3 million DVR viewers, +50%

3. The Good Guys – .7 million live viewers, .3 million DVR viewers, +43%

4. The Event – 1.7 million live viewers, .7 million DVR viewers, +41%

5. Supernatural – 1.0 million live viewers, .4 million DVR viewers, +40%

6. Outlaw (Saturday) – .5 million live viewers, .2 million DVR viewers, +40%

7. Parenthood – 2.1 million live viewers, .8 million DVR viewers, + 38%

8. Hawaii Five-0 – 2.9 million live viewers, 1.1 million DVR viewers, +38%

9. Modern Family – 4.5 million live viewers, 1.7 million DVR viewers, +38%

10. Friday Night Lights – .8 million live viewers, .3 million DVR viewers, +38%

As you can see, a lot of struggling shows have huge portions of their audience recording live episodes, like Fringe with over half its numbers coming from DVR viewers. And a lot of the most-DVR’d shows have been cancelled, including Chase and The Event. The reasoning is simple: recorded viewers are less valuable than live viewers, because they have the ability to skip commercials – i.e. the things that are paying for the shows themselves.

Even though DVR information is being made available to TV networks and ratings tabulators, the industry has to yet to develop a way to provide a monetary return for those DVRing their favorite show – especially with 80% of non-live viewers skipping through the commercials. Remember, if one of your favorite shows is teetering on the brink of cancellation, a small but meaningful step that you and other fans can take is to watch it live.

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Source: TV by the Numbers