TV Ratings: 'Last Man Standing,' 'The Cool Kids' Open Big for Fox

The comedies, heavily promoted during 'Thursday Night Football,' give Fox huge gains over last year.
'Last Man Standing'

The return of Last Man Standing after a year away — and to a different network — was a strong one.

The Fox comedy delivered big ratings for its return Friday night, scoring a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 along with 8.01 million viewers. Its final season on ABC in 2016-17 averaged a 1.2 rating and and 6.41 million viewers in the same-day ratings.

Most of the Last Man Standing audience stuck around for the new comedy The Cool Kids (1.5 in the 18-49 demo, 6.79 million viewers). The pair were the two top-rated shows of the night among adults 18-49 by a wide margin and probably benefited from heavy promotion during Fox's Thursday Night Football telecast.

The season premiere of Hell's Kitchen fell off a fair amount to 0.9, but was on par with its average last season.

The season premieres of CBS' MacGyver (0.7 in the demo), Hawaii Five-0 (0.9) and Blue Bloods (0.9) all came down a little bit year over year: MacGyver and Five-0 each lost a tenth of a point, and Blue Bloods fell two tenths.

ABC's newest Truth and Lies documentary about the Jonestown tragedy of the 1970s averaged a 0.6 rating, and 20/20 followed with a 0.7. Dateline also posted a 0.7 for NBC. The CW's Masters of Illusion was on its average at 0.2.

Fox's 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 for the night was almost double the 0.7 it averaged a year ago; CBS finished second at 0.8; ABC and NBC tied for third at 0.6; and The CW averaged 0.2.