Nielsen estimates that the 10 p.m. episode of “Louie,” the first episode of the critical fave since September 2012, averaged 941,000 viewers at 10 p.m., building on its lead-in from the movie “Horrible Bosses” (809,000). A second episode at 10:30 p.m. drew 910,000.
It was down from its season-three premiere in June 2012 (1.43 million), but that came on the same night as the much-anticipated return to television of Charlie Sheen in “Anger Management.” Compared to its most recent season average (791,000), though, the Louis C.K. series was up 19%.
“Louie” was also up 26% in adults 18-49 from its third season (635,000 vs. 505,000). The second episode on Monday edged up in the demo to 651,000.
In 18-49 rating for the 10 p.m. hour (0.5), FX ranked sixth among cable networks — behind TNT (NBA Playoffs), USA, VH1, Adult Swim and MTV.