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TiVo Fall TV Survey: Americans Hooked on Crime Dramas and Still Devoted to Reality TV (Whether They Want to Admit It or Not)

Company Release - 9/14/2011 12:00 PM ET

ABC's "Charlie's Angels" Is the Most Anticipated New Show of Fall TV Season According to TiVo

ALVISO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/14/11 -- As the excitement of summer comes to an end, many Americans will seek comfort in "guilty pleasure" television returning in the form of Fall TV premieres. In a recent survey by TiVo, one quarter of Americans (26 percent) weren't embarrassed to admit they indulge in their guilty pleasure entertainment fix every day; however, nearly the same amount (21 percent) said they judge others on their TV choices. This panel of TiVo users is uniquely qualified to assess entertainment trends as they own the only device that gives instant access to not only Fall TV premieres, but past seasons of favorite shows, collections of a specific actor's work and the discovery of new shows based on current preferences.

What shows will America be indulging in, and scoffing at, this season? TiVo's Fall TV survey found that nearly one third (29 percent) of respondents say they'll be tuning in to crime dramas, while 22 percent can't get enough reality TV. Interestingly, when asked what type of shows they consider a guilty pleasure, Americans again ranked tension-filled crime dramas as number one, while reality TV placed third (sitcoms took the number two spot). The popularity of these genres continues to rise, and while viewers might be embarrassed to admit just how often they tune in, they show no signs of stopping according to TiVo's continued insight into this trend.

"TiVo's Fall TV survey confirmed our instincts that many TV lovers no longer hide their passion for what they consider a guilty pleasure show," said Tara Maitra, SVP, GM Content & Media Sales for TiVo. "Our survey unveiled some interesting overarching Fall TV trends to keep in mind this season, but the TiVo® Premiere is the ultimate Fall TV companion as it knows that every viewer is different. Because of that, the TiVo Premiere gets to know the user and records shows based on the viewer's entertainment preferences, such as their favorite actor or TV genre."

TiVo is seeing that all major networks and even cable channels are taking Americans' affinity for guilty pleasure TV and creating new shows to satisfy this love. Additional survey results include:

Most highly anticipated newshows:

  • TV viewers are most looking forward to watching ABC's remake of the late '70s classic "Charlie's Angels"
  • NBC's"Prime Suspect" and CBS'"Person of Interest" tied for the second most anticipated new TV show this fall

Most highly anticipated returningTV shows:

  • Given Americans' love of crime dramas, it's no surprise that CBS'"NCIS" is the returning drama that they're most looking forward to this fall
  • Respondents can't wait to laugh along with the cast of ABC's"Modern Family," the most highly anticipated returning comedy
  • Perhaps to no one's surprise, twice as many women than men will be rushing home to catch "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC

Most highly anticipated comedic star:

  • When asked what comedy star they're most looking forward to watching this fall, 35 percent of respondents chose Ashton Kutcher from CBS'"Two And A Half Men"
  • Will Arnett from NBC's"Up All Night" placed a distant second, receiving 11 percent of the votes

"Through TiVo's continued research and insight we have seen a growing trend that Americans are especially hooked on specific guilty pleasure TV shows and genres, from outlandish reality programs or slapstick comedies to tense crime thrillers," continued Maitra. "We also have a way for TV lovers to meet their need to catch up on even the guiltiest of TV through TiVo Collections. It allows users to quickly see new and returning programs, like fan favorite Modern Family and newcomer Prime Suspect, and schedule recordings of the shows. Ahead of the highly-anticipated Fall TV season, it is a great way to catch past seasons or find out more about a new actor."

In conjunction with the Fall TV survey, TiVo is launching its Fabulous Fall TV Sweepstakes* to give one lucky Facebook fan an entertainment prize pack for the ultimate Fall TV premiere experience. TiVo lovers should visit for a chance to win. The prize includes the world's first Smart DVR, TiVo Premiere, Product Lifetime Service, TiVo Slide Remote, a TiVo Wireless G Network Adapter and a 42" Insignia Connected HDTV.

Americans can get access to all their favorite Fall TV shows and guilty pleasures with TiVo Premiere, which provides access to the world's largest on demand library from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Pandora and more. So whether users prefer to kick back and enjoy TV or Web entertainment, they can quickly and easily access all their favorite programs, actors or television characters through TiVo's gold-standard user interface.

* Fabulous Fall TV Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes ends 9/22/2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Open only to current legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and D.C. who are the age of majority in their respective jurisdiction at the time of entry and are a fan of the TiVo page on Facebook ( at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for details. Sponsored by TiVo Inc., Alviso, CA 95002 ("Sponsor").

About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) developed the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo offers the TiVo service and TiVo DVRs directly to consumers online at and through third-party retailers. TiVo also distributes its technology and services through solutions tailored for cable, satellite and broadcasting companies. Since its founding, TiVo has evolved into the ultimate single solution media center by combining its patented DVR technologies and universal cable box capabilities with the ability to aggregate, search, and deliver millions of pieces of broadband, cable, and broadcast content directly to the television. An economical, one-stop-shop for in-home entertainment, TiVo's intuitive functionality and ease of use puts viewers in control by enabling them to effortlessly navigate the best digital entertainment content available through one box, with one remote, and one user interface, delivering the most dynamic user experience on the market today. TiVo also continues to weave itself into the fabric of the media industry by providing interactive advertising solutions and audience research and measurement ratings services to the television industry

TiVo and the TiVo logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide. © 2011 All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: TiVo