‘Cosmos’ Premiere Draws 8.5 Million Viewers on Fox Nets

'Cosmos' Premiere Draws 8.5 Million Viewers

Apparently there is an audience for science in primetime, as Fox’s 10-network roadblock premiere of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” attracted a sizable 8.5 million viewers on Sunday night — despite facing tough competition from entertainment series like AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and ABC’s new “Resurrection.”

The Fox network broadcast averaged about 5.8 million viewers in Nielsen’s affiliate-based estimates for the 9 o’clock hour Sunday, as well as a 2.1 rating/5 share in adults 18-49. The under-50 audience was comprised of roughly 60% men.

Viewing on other networks raised these totals to 8.5 million and a 2.9 rating in the demo, according to Nielsen.

In addition to the broadcaster, the premiere of “Cosmos” aired across nine Fox networks: National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life.

Fox projects that the global total-viewer number for the “Cosmos” premiere will top 40 million.

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is a follow-up to the 1980s series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” with Carl Sagan.

The eight-week series is hosted this time around by astrophysicist and science enthusiast Neil deGrasse Tyson. The series is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, the widow of Sagan.

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  1. mckinley says:

    I say Fox is the platform to air this kind of show.

  2. Julienne says:

    We were so looking forward to it…and then they said the “B” words…Big Bang…so we immediately changed the channel.

    If the smartest man in the world Albert Einstein believes in God…there’s something to be said for God.

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