There is a new way to calculate how many people watch a show. It used to be just Nielsen boxes, but now those are supplemented with DVR's. From now on if you own a DVR and save a program and watch it within 7 days that is counted towards the ratings. What was discovered when this was all added up this week was that 'Hawaii Five-O' is the most DVR'd show ever. In history. I can't believe it managed to beat the series finale of Lost because people I know all recorded it so they could figure out everything they thought they missed during the first viewing.
Last week, 3.374 million people DVR'd 'Hawaii Five-O'. That does not include the people who watched it live, just the DVR. The previous record was for an episode of The Mentalist but 'Hawaii Five-O' beat it by almost a quarter of a million people.
I like measuring shows based on DVR's. It seems to me that is a much more fair way than estimating what people are watching by a select group of people scattered across the country.