8:16am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Prison Break' Gets a Decent Start in Fox Return, Winning 9 O'Clock
Almost eight years after leaving the air, Prison Break returned to Fox on Tuesday night. The limited revival, the latest of many at the broadcast home of The X Files and 24, got off to a decent start.
At 9 p.m., Prison Break averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers. In the demo, it was enough to at least tie NCIS as the top-rated non-reality offering of the night. The haul is obviously a fraction of the show's night-of tune-in during its original 2005-09 run, but the show should see some significant nonlinear lift down the line. After all, streaming is probably the reason there's new episodes of Prison Break at all. Long after it ended, the show found a new, younger audience on Netflix — where it was once touted as the most popular streaming library series. The debut is also a vast improvement from how the final season of Bones had been performing in the hour — and from its comedy lead-ins.
Fox, which does not report on live-plus-same day ratings, will likely hold a beat before reporting on Prison Break consumption. In addition to lifts from live-plus-3 and live-plus-7 day Nielsen returns, the show will also stream on several platforms.
Tuesday also marked the official premiere of ABC sitcom Imaginary Mary. After a so-so sampling last Wednesday, Jenna Elfman's latest sitcom vehicle came in with a weaker 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers. It's respectable, given the 1.1-rated lead-in from Fresh Off the Boat, but no better than The Real O'Neals has performed in the half-hour.
NBC and CBS shared a demo win for the night.