In mid-August, of the top 10 shows that were DVRed by viewers and watched within one week, there were just two programs: NBC’s coverage of the summer Olympics and CBS’ three broadcasts of Big Brother 10. And The Mole 3‘s finale came in at number 11.
Sunday’s Big Brother 10 episode led that week in DVR viewing, as 4.334 million people watched live, while 1.787 million people DVRed the show, according to data published by TV By the Numbers. In comparison, 1.222 million DVRed Sunday’s Olympics.
Of course, many more people watched the Olympics live: 27.507 million of them, in fact. Still, the houseguests didn’t do too badly, because that night, when previous houseguests returned for the food competition, the show’s one-night ratings increased even though other shows were tanking against the Olympics.
Overall, Big Brother 10‘s Sunday episode viewership had an increase of 41.2 percent when DVR viewers were factored in. However, that wasn’t the greatest increase between live viewers and DVR viewers. That honor belongs to The Mole 3‘s Monday night finale, which 2.16 million watched live but 929,000 people recorded, giving it a 43 percent increase.