×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.

PREVIOUSLY:

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.

More TV

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday

    More than 750 showrunners and screenwriters have backed the WGA’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and other changes to the rules governing the business relationship between agents and writers. The letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood. Several showrunners had recently [...]

  • Norman Reedus and Ryan Hurst'The Walking

    Norman Reedus on 'The Walking Dead' Without Andrew Lincoln: 'He's With Me Every Day'

    After saying goodbye to most of the original cast on “The Walking Dead,” Norman Reedus still feels his former co-stars with him during each episode. “I’ve seen so many people come and go,” he said during a “Walking Dead” panel on Friday at PaleyFest. “Right now on the show, the ghosts of all those guys [...]

  • Series Mania: De Mensen, Reel One

    Series Mania: First Details on Co-Pro Pitching Project 'Capturing Big Mouth' (EXCLUSIVE)

    LILLE, France — Belgian production company De Mensen, which has just been acquired by France’s Newen, has teamed with Reel One Entertainment on a new cross-continental thriller series, “Capturing Big Mouth. The series will be pitched Monday at this year’s Series Mania Forum Co-pro Pitching section. It chronicles the unlikely rise and eventual fall of [...]

  • Daily Show Viacom

    Viacom, DirecTV Make Progress in Contract Talks, No Blackout After Deadline Passes

    UPDATED: Viacom and DirecTV executives went down to the wire Friday on a combative contract renewal negotiation with high stakes for both sides. The companies stayed in talks past the midnight Eastern contract expiration and the channels stayed up on AT&T’s platforms. Sources indicated early Saturday that the threat of a blackout had been averted. [...]

  • ABBY'S -- "Pilot" Episode 101 --

    TV Review: 'Abby's' Starring Natalie Morales

    “Abby’s,” NBC’s new comedy about a cranky bartender (Natalie Morales) and her inner circle of regulars, is aware of the inevitable “Cheers” comparisons. Created by “New Girl” writer Josh Malmuth and executive produced by uber-producer (and unabashed “Cheers” superfan) Mike Schur, “Abby’s” therefore makes a few key choices in order to differentiate itself as its [...]

  • Ryan Murphy Walk of Fame

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician'

    In today’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” series, and Kristin Cavallari will host “Paradise Hotel” on Fox.  DATES Reality star Kristin Cavallari will host Fox’s reboot of “Paradise Hotel,” an unscripted dating show in which a group of singles will check into a tropical resort and compete to check [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content