TV Ratings: 'The Orville' Returns Ahead of Season 1

Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi series builds on its season one finale but falls well below its series premiere in fall 2017.
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The Orville began its second season on Fox with decent numbers Sunday, building substantially on its season one finale but coming in well under its series debut in 2017.

The sci-fi series from Seth MacFarlane drew a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 in time zone-adjusted fast nationals and 5.6 million viewers following the network's NFL doubleheader. Both figures are the best for the show since its second episode in September 2017 (which also followed an NFL game). 

The Orville drew a 0.9 and 3.6 million viewers for its first-season finale in December 2017; its series debut, also airing after an NFL doubleheader, scored a 2.7 in the demo and 8.56 million viewers. Sunday's numbers are a little ahead of the show's same-day average for season one: 1.2 in adults 18-49 and 4.33 million viewers.

The final Sunday Night Football of 2018 led the night for NBC but pulled in below-average ratings, earning a 10.7 household rating in metered markets. For the season, SNF averaged a 12.8 in metered-market households, up 8 percent vs. 2017. 

CBS' 60 Minutes was the only other original program on the broadcast networks Sunday night. It scored a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo and 7.68 million viewers, pending updates.

NBC averaged a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime, easily leading the network race. Fox came in second at 1.7, topping CBS' 1.4 (all three are subject to change with adjustments for live NFL broadcasts). ABC (0.7) and The CW (0.2) both aired reruns all evening.

Dec. 31, 9:55 a.m. Updated with more accurate ratings for The Orville.