Private Practice is Top New Show Among TiVo Users

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With a few notable exceptions, the broadcast networks' new fall offerings are having trouble breaking through to the committed TV junkies out there.

Only ABC's Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice, and NBC's remake of Bionic Woman have cracked TiVo's top 50 ranking for shows that its users elect to record each time they air - i.e. the DVR company's "season pass" feature.

As of October 4, Private Practice was the 18th most popular show overall among TiVo season pass devotees, while Bionic Woman ranked 43rd.

However, this can be deceiving, as TiVo users are not required to regularly update their season pass listings, and thus some shows can remain entrenched in the top 50. For example, the shows Lost, American Idol and 24 are all top ten, despite the fact that none of them will air this fall.

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Still, TiVo execs say that early season pass commitments to Private Practice and others are reflective of overall buzz and initial resonance with viewers.

"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," said Todd Juenger, a VP & General Manager for TiVo.

Among the other new network series to at least register among TiVo season pass top 100 are NBC's Journeyman (54) and Chuck (75), CBS's Cane (70) and Kid Nation (89), ABC's Dirty Sexy Money (55) and Fox's Back to You (65).

Overall, ABC's Grey's Anatomy continues to be the number one show to receive a season pass commitment from TiVo users.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Private Practice Quotes

Charlotte: My mom always says God doesn't give with both hands. You're young, beautiful, brilliant. There has to be something you can't have.
Amelia: Some days I'd give that all up.
Charlotte: That's just the craving talking. The longer you go without a drink...
Amelia: I drank at your wedding. I thought it was ginger ale. I spit it out.
Charlotte: OK, since then?
Amelia: Nothing, but I can't stop thinking about it.
Charlotte: It was an accident. Don't let a slip turn into a fall. Get your butt to a meeting.

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.


Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches