12:22pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Mick' Is Now Fox's Top Comedy Launch Since 'New Girl'
Nothing launches a new show better than football.
With the NFL as its lead-in, Sunday's sampling of The Mick averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers. Now, with the first live-plus-3 lifts in, the Fox comedy officially ranks as the top new comedy launch of the 2016-2017 season.
The Mick's average 3.5 live-plus-3 rating among adults 18-49 outpaces the season's other leading half-hour debuts — CBS' Kevin Can Wait and NBC's The Good Place — by 6 percent.
The Kaitlin Olson vehicle also averaged 10.9 million viewers. It now outpaces every Fox live-action half-hour launch of the last five years, including the auspicious 2015 start for Last Man on Earth, to rank as its top comedy to premiere since New Girl.
The Mick will not be staying near those lofty highs, not that anyone would expect as much. But its first live-plus-same-day showing in its regular Tuesday time slot at least proved promising in its ability to grow from its New Girl lead-in. The Mick improved the half-hour by nearly 20 percent. And while a live 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 isn't the most boast-worthy number, it's a breath of fresh air on what's proven to be a troubled night for Fox.