Fox Has Its Largest Drama Premiere Since ‘Empire’

Sep 19, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Some readers may dispute the network’s classification of the show as a drama, but Fox announced today that its new series “The Orville” gave the broadcast network its largest drama premiere since “Empire” in multi-platform viewers with 12.2 million viewers across platforms over a seven-day span.

Fox said the new space adventure series, created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, delivered the network’s largest L+7 premiere in a year and a half, and is the most-streamed new Fox fall premiere in two years.

“Marking the network’s largest drama debut in two and a half years, since ‘Empire’ (15.6 million viewers, 1/7/15), ‘The Orville’ posted a +44% lift in multi-platform viewers from Live +Same Day, according to Nielsen,” Fox said, noting that the stat excludes Super Bowl lead-outs.

Fox also noted that “The Orville” had TV’s highest-rated scripted series premiere in more than eight months, tying “The Mick” back on Jan. 1, 2017, with a 3.7/12 in L7, again excluding Super Bowl lead-outs.

Fox noted that it now has the top three scripted debuts of 2017, with “The Orville,” “24: Legacy” and “The Mick,” along with the last three scripted debuts to post above a 3.5 L+7 rating, with the same three shows.

Click here to get Fox’s full spin on the numbers for the series to date.

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