FX was toon friendly Thursday night as premiere of animated spy laffer “Archer” opened well.Skein drew 1.8 million total viewers and 1.2 million in the 18-49 demo and established another beachhead on the comedy front for the net. “Archer” opened better than “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” in 2005 and, more recently, “The League” in October. For season five of “Sunny” that launched in September, 1.7 million tuned in and the 1.4 million were in the demo. Episode that aired at 10 p.m. was actually the second of the season. The pilot was telecast in the fall as a test balloon to gauge the show’s popularity. Next up on the comedy side is “Louie,” from the standup of Louie C.K. Show will premiere in April. Cabler is on a roll following a big second season of motorcycle club drama “Sons of Anarchy” and is set to launch “Damages” Jan. 25. Night was tougher for femme-skewing Lifetime as seventh-season opener of “Project Runway” fell a whopping 31% from the season-six premiere. Heidi Klum-hosted reality skein, which returned to New York with new designer wannabes, drew 2.9 million viewers, down from the season six average of 3.2 million. Show, however, won its 10 p.m. timeslot against all other cable competition — except for MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” which it tied — in the 18-49 women demo.
Data provided by:Nielsen Media Research (Preliminary Results)