8:23am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Dads' Opens OK, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Solid, 'New Girl' Returns Up
The newest iteration of Fox's Tuesday comedy block premiered to largely solid numbers last night, kicking off the night with the controversial Dads. Fast National ratings give the sitcom a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, besting last year's comparable opener for Raising Hope by 24 percent. Brooklyn Nine-Nine fared much better. The Andy Samberg vehicle averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49, improving on last year's time-slot holder (Ben & Kate) by 19 percent. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also managed to outperform all Fox comedies with total viewers, averaging 6 million over the course of the half-hour.
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New Girl was up from last season's premiere, thanks in part to Fox launching its block a week early. The series averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, making it the night's strongest broadcast in the key demo and up one-tenth from last fall. The Mindy Project (1.9 adults), which premiered early online and on many cable carriers' VOD platforms, was down half a point from its series premiere in the same half-hour.
Based on previous series' performances, Fox is projecting the two freshmen will deliver between a 2.8 and 2.9 (Dads) and a 3.5 to 3.6 rating (Brooklyn) in Live+Seven DVR returns. Fox topped the night with adults 18-49, averaging a 2.3 rating and pulling in 5.3 million viewers.
The Million Second Quiz (1.1 adults) was up a tenth of a point from the previous night, leading into a slightly boosted America's Got Talent (2.4 adults). The NBC summer competition heads into its finale up one-tenth of a point from last week, giving the network a nightly win in total viewers (9 million) and runner-up status in the demo with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49.
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ABC readied Tuesday for next week's Agents of SHIELD premiere with the network premiere of Marvel's Iron Man 2. The film, which ate up the entire primetime block, averaged a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers.
CBS aired encores to the tune of a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers.
On the CW, Whose Line Is It Anyway? averaged a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, and Capture (0.5 adults) rose a tenth of a point from last week. The network averaged a 0.6 in the demo and 1.7 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers for the night, while Telemundo had a 0.5 adults rating and 1.2 million viewers.