The Big Bang Theory's record-breaking seventh season premiere has reached new highs in the Live +7-day ratings. The L+7 ratings include DVR viewership over the following week.
The seventh season premiere "The Hofstadter Insufficiency" added 5.17 million people with 7-day DVR viewership, a rise of 27%, to hit to a record audience of 24.16 million people. This was the show's largest lift to date, at that point. In the key adults 18-49 demographic, the episode moved up 2.3 points in the L+7 ratings to a 7.8 rating, up 42%.
The ratings soared higher for the second of the night's episodes, "The Deception Verification" at 8:30. This episode added 5.71 million viewers, setting the record again for the show's largest lift, to reach 26.15 million in the L+7 ratings. The special broadcast rose by 41% 18-49 demo to an 8.6 rating, up by 2.5 points.
In the Live + 7-day ratings, both episodes of The Big Bang Theory surpassed Sunday Night Football in viewers and adults 18-49 to become the week's #1 programs in viewers and adults 18-49.