And by "most recorded" I mean "most recorded using TiVo®'s 'Season Pass' option," because that's the data that was made available to me. It's still a decent sample, as DirectTV has almost 370,000 subscribers in Houston (second only to Comcast), so these are probably a good representation of what the Bayou City is watching.
We're sure not all watching the Rockets and Astros, am I right?
Since these are recorded shows, it probably explains the disconnect between the Nielsen top 10. Because who would record American Idol or Dancing with the Stars when they can sit through all four excruciating hours live each week? That's just plain nutty.
10. Nashville (ABC) Wow, seriously? I know y'all miss Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights and all but this show is just...not good.
9. Suburgatory (ABC) Bit of a surprise here, but not a bad show. Jeremy Sisto is finally playing a non-creepy role, while Ana Gasteyer, Alan Tudyk and Cheryl Hines are all great. Then again, it's hardly surprising that a show about the soul-sucking burbs would strike a chord in H-Town.
8. The Middle (ABC) Damn our predictable flyover tastes! Seriously, The Middle is the closest thing out there to a "classic" (read: largely inoffensive) sitcom around these days. And I still think they should've used James McMurtry's song for the theme.
7. Castle (ABC) There aren't going to be any more seasons of Firefly, people. But you can keep boosting Nathan Fillion's ratings to make him look more marketable if that makes you feel better.
6. The Mentalist (CBS) ABC has five of the top 10 spots on the list, while CBS has four (compared to one for FOX and, cough, none for NBC). I admit, I underestimated The Mentalist's appeal when the show debuted, but I'm apparently not the target audience for dimpled blond Australian dudes.
5. New Girl (FOX) Nearly every description I've read of this show describes Zooey Deschanel's character as "bubbly" and "offbeat." Needless to say, I've never watched it. What's the rest of Houston's excuse?
And no Honeymoon Suite?
4. The Good Wife (CBS) Currently, my Sunday night viewing priorities run this way: Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Baseball Night, everything else. But I'm obviously in the minority. And given the age-appropriate pulchritude of both Juliana Margulies and Archie Panjabi, perhaps I should reassess my priorities.
Mmm, Archie Panjabi.
3. NCIS (CBS) Ten seasons of a show about crimes in the Navy and not one cannibalism investigation? Houstonians: Write CBS and demand your anthropophagous storylines!
2. How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Who is still watching this? They've been stringing you along for eight years. Either this is just subtropical laziness (see below) or we're truly a city of masochists. News flash, everyone: The finale of this show will make Lost seem satisfying by comparison.
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1. Modern Family (ABC) TV journalists hailed MF as the second coming of the situation comedy, and while the first two seasons were very funny indeed, the fact this is still #1 in spite of the show's dwindling laughs just shows how infrequently Houstonians update their DVR settings.
Don't feel bad; I still have The Wire in mine, in case David Simon decides to answer my prayers and make ten more seasons.