TV Ratings: ‘The Orville’ Premieres Solid for Fox, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Returns Up

TV Ratings: 'The Orville' Premieres Solid,

UPDATED Sept. 13, 3:49 p.m. PT: With the final numbers in, “The Orville” has risen to a 2.8 rating and 8.6 million total viewers.


Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox sci-fi series “The Orville” enjoyed a strong debut in the ratings on Sunday night, according to Nielsen data.

As it currently stands, “The Orville” averaged a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.3 million total viewers, airing at 8 p.m. That means it is currently the second-biggest broadcast drama premiere in the key demo since NBC’s “This Is Us” last September (2.8), excluding Super Bowl lead-ins. In addition, the show was the most social scripted program on broadcast Sunday based on total Twitter interactions.

The ratings for Sunday night were delayed due to Hurricane Irma forcing the evacuation of Nielsen’s headquarters near Tampa. “The Orville” aired immediately after Fox’s Sunday afternoon NFL football game and “The OT” and was preempted in some markets due to local Irma coverage, meaning that Sunday’s ratings could be subject to greater than normal adjustment when the final numbers are calculated.

Elsewhere on broadcast, NBC aired the first “Sunday Night Football” game of the season, with the New York Giants matchup against the Dallas Cowboys averaging an 8.0 and 21.6 million viewers during primetime. That is up from the first Sunday night game last year, which drew a 7.5 and 20.7 million viewers.

On CBS, “Big Brother” (1.9, 6.5 million) was up in both measures from the previous week.

On ABC, “The 2018 Miss America Competition” (1.2, 5.6 million) was down in total viewers compared to last year (1.3, 6.2 million).

NBC won the night with a 6.5 and 17.7 million viewers. Fox was second with a 2.8 and 8.2 million. ABC was third with a 1.1 and 5.49 million. CBS was fourth with a 1.0 and 5.45 million.

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  1. Stolizino says:

    Thoroughly pissed that NFL Fox preempted The Orville and my Spectrum DVR is too dumb to adjust the recording time to reflect the delay. Fox On Demand also sucks. Where is the episode? Sorry Fox. Your new show just lost a viewer.

  2. Dan Nigro says:

    The orville is not on. Football game ran late and instead of adjusting programs they played peograms that were missed and orville might not be on for hours. What a way to kill a new show.i was looking fprward to watching it and they could have played it at 8 like normal. Instead its tmz witch no one cares about. I think ill watch something else from now on. Im turned off now with the orville and you lost a viewer. Amazing how people that get paid big bucks are so incompitant. Fox 10 is a big fail.

  3. JoeM says:

    I’m a big Family Guy fan. However, I tuned in thinking this show would have some humor. It was dry at best. Sorry, but Fox, you messed up with this one. This show will not make it past this season. SUCKS!

  4. Fun lighthearted romp through the 24 century, excellent new sci-fi show minus the constpative prime directive ;0)

    and all you Seth Mcfarlane haters can take a flying flip ;0)

  5. Kevin Childs says:

    Sunday night football was up because it was the Cowboys and Giants. Otherwise, it would have been down.

  6. RobX says:

    I liked “The Orville” when it was called “Galaxy Quest”.

  7. J robinson says:

    Alot of mcfarlane haters are gonna say it sucks no matter what. They are probably all trump supporters too. Pull your head out of your ass and have a little fun.

  8. J robinson says:

    I liked it and hope it goes well take that haters lol

  9. CJ says:

    Turned it off after 10 minutes.

  10. JR says:

    Contrary to the review of The Orville by Variety, it was a good premiere. It was a thousand times better than Star Trek The Next Generation’s (STTNG) “Encounter At Farpoint”. As someone else posted on other thread, ‘The Orville’s crew doesn’t run around like they have broomsticks up their butts like Star Trek crews’.
    Another bonus about The Orville is it’s FREE to the audience.
    I have a feeling that when Star Trek Discovery (STD) comes out, CBS is going to have to make some changes to it’s delivery system.

    • alien says:

      Yep. It didn’t make me give up drinking, but it was a solid premiere and fun. Really having a hard time understanding all the hate in the reviews. There are far worse things on TV, like almost all reality shows. It was not without flaws but quite enjoyable.

  11. john says:

    did the orville probe you leon. Fuckn stalker waiting on the board

  12. al says:

    This was far more enjoyable the the dreadful Star Trek Enterprise (and lasted for 4 LOOONG years)! At least the story was decent with great special effects and Seth is a much better actor then Scott Bakula. Scott single handedly ruined the franchise! Hooray for McFarlane. He actually GETS this genre and he has a sense of humor too! I hope this runs for 10 years!

  13. LaKeisha says:

    It wasn’t too bad, and was even clever in a couple of places.
    Seth MacFarlane reminds me a lot of Spike Lee in that they’re pretty good writers, but they both have some desperate need to be a “star” themselves. (Of course, you can say that about most people in show business.) But everything that they’ve ever written or produced would have been much better had they NOT cast themselves in it.

    • Carlos says:

      I’ve always liked Seth MacFarlane (and Spike Lee, too, for that matter)…but you’re right. I had never thought about it that way, but both are much better creators than they are performers.

  14. Leon says:

    ORVILLE is amazing!!!! Way ahead of its time. I hope people understand just how amazing it is. However its so far ahead normal stupid idiots won’t get it. Seth its awesome! Enjoy your dream show for as long as you can.

    • Michael says:

      I like it, but in what way is it “ahead of its time”? It’s basically a lighthearted riff on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

      • JoeM says:

        Yeah this show is amazing if you are comparing it to watching paint dry. Otherwise, it is as dry as the Sahara desert.

  15. asas says:

    This show is TERRIBLE. It had a strong lead-in, but watch the ratings drop like a rock next week. What was Fox thinking? Sad.

    • Tony Casillano says:

      Agree with you ASAS…the show was TERRIBLE!!! The dialogue amongst the characters was unbearable and unwatchable. Furthermore, the relationship between Seth MacFarlane’s character as captain of the ORVILLE and his ex-wife being selected as his First Officer was asanine. ORVILLE’s writers should be fired and the show should be given a reboot with new writers.

    • Leon says:

      No its not. Its way ahead of its time and you don’t get it. I bet in 5 years you will be like “that was such an awesome way ahead of its time series” like most fools you cant see the excellence until its too late.

  16. paully says:

    I’m a Big Seth Macfarlane fan but The Orville (Orville Wright?) was boring..
    Maybe Seth should play Ed the Captain as a total dip.. Like Rimmer in Red Dwarf ..
    Something, anything to keep us interested.. This tv show is like a single square of Kraft yellow cheese..
    On the other hand American Dad’s! season finale was outstanding last night, so funny.. So I don’t get that Orville is so boring.. As a fan we make fun of Star Trek all the time, so I don’t get it.. How about showing us a Trek bathroom? As we have never seen this in the films..

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