Time-shifting is playing an increasingly disruptive role in American viewing habits, as evidenced by the significant lift in program deliveries in 2012.
NBC on Monday night put up its biggest premiere numbers in recent memory, as its lights-out drama Revolution drew 11.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demo.
Watching television isn’t what it used to be. With smartphones, computers and tablets, people have more ways to watch shows, and even people watching TV are often simultaneously engaged with their phones and tablets.
To accurately predict how a sci-fi show will do, you'd need either a time machine or a bathtub full of precogs. Sometimes you get Star Trek: The Next Generation; sometimes you get Star Trek: Enterprise. It's confusing.