'Louie' also has impressive debut

Wilfred” was a good dog for FX, scoring the highest viewer total for a comedy premiere in network history.

Skein, which stars Elijah Wood as a young professional who envisions his neighbor’s dog as a human being, drew 2.5 million viewers, including 1.6 million in the 18-49 demo.

Immediately following “Wilfred” was the second-season debut of “Louie,” which improved on season-one averages. The 1.6 million viewers who watched equated to a 42% increase from the series debut a year ago.

Louis C.K. stars, writes and directs the Gotham-based FX laffer. He also exec produces with M. Blair Breard and Dave Becky.

“Wilfred,” exec produced by showrunner David Zuckerman, Rich Frank, Paul Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz, Joe Connor and Ken Connor, is based on the Oz series of the same name. Jason Gann, who stars as the canine, also starred in the Australian version and adapted the show for U.S. auds.

Both series are produced by FX Prods.

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