Lynette Rice
September 01, 2011 AT 06:38 PM EDT

Thank God for DVRs, or fans wouldn’t get their regular fix of McDreamy. That’s right: Grey’s Anatomy is the most Tivo’ed show in the country for several years running — a pretty decent accomplishment for a drama that’s about to start its eighth season.

We asked Tivo, which began compiling data in October 2007, for the top 10 most DVR’ed shows and here’s what we got. The bad news: Three of these shows are no longer on the air. (Miss you, Greg Grunberg!)

1. Grey’s Anatomy

2. American Idol

3. Desperate Housewives

4. House

5. Lost

6. CSI

7. 24

8. Heroes

9. The Office

10. Glee

So what should this list mean, if anything, to the broadcast nets that air them? Not much, unfortunately. Says one high-powered suit at the Big Four: “Though it’s a nice list that indicates enthusiasm for a show, right now the live ratings mean a lot more.” Translation: ABC would prefer that you McDreamy fans watch the show when it actually airs — not on Saturday nights when you’re dateless and alone.

So are you one of the millions who delays viewership of Hugh Laurie or Marg Helgenberger?

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