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Fox Recruits Just 2.4 Million for Friday Premiere of Military Comedy ‘Enlisted’

Net has been unable to establish much of a comedy beachhead on the night this season

Fox’s military comedy “Enlisted” didn’t sign up too many viewers in its premiere Friday, finishing deep in fourth place and losing viewers from its “Raising Hope” lead-in.

Enlisted,” the generally well-reviewed laffer about three knucklehead brothers at a Florida military base, averaged a 0.7 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers overall in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, according to Nielsen. It didn’t have the biggest lead-in, but dropped off a bit from “Raising Hope” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

Fox fared better earlier in the evening with “Bones” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), but wasn’t able to get viewers to stick around for its laffers an hour later. “Raising Hope” and “Enlisted” averaged about one-third the young-adult audience of timeslot leader ABC and about half of what second-place CBS delivered.

ABC had a mostly good night, with “Last Man Standing” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) leading its half-hour in demos and hitting a season high in total viewers. After a typical drop for “The Neighbors” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), “Shark Tank” surged at 9 p.m. (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall), matching a regular-timeslot high in 18-49 and standing as the night’s top show in the demo. Also above average was 10 p.m. newsmagazine “20/20” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), which matched its season high in 18-49.

CBS was strong from 9 to 11 p.m. with “Hawaii Five-0” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) and “Blue Bloods” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), both of which opened 2014 with season highs in total viewers. Opening the night was an encore of the Tuesday premiere of drama “Intelligence” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).

NBC was led by “Grimm” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall).

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