TV Ratings: 'Dads' Opens OK, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Solid, 'New Girl' Returns Up

Dads Brooklyn Nine-Nine Split - H 2013

Dads Brooklyn Nine-Nine Split - H 2013

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.