Despite premiering its second season against competition that included MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” Fox animated series “Archer” topped its freshman average by 41%.

Thursday’s season premiere drew 1.5 million viewers overall and just shy of a million in the 18-49 demo. Among men 18-34, “Archer” improved 75% on its “Two and a Half Men” syndicated lead-in.

On the down side, “Archer” was down from its series premiere a year ago, which hit the bull’s-eye with 1.8 million viewers. “Archer” averaged 1.0 million viewers in its first season. But an additional 678,000 viewers watched an 11 p.m. encore of Thursday’s episode.

Meanwhile, FX drama “Lights Out” is trying to find a foundation after a rocky start. The third episode of the boxing-themed series Wednesday punched 819,000 viewers, compared with 921,000 the previous week. In December, FX canceled “Terriers” after that series averaged 746,000 viewers over its 13 episodes.

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