People still love The Muppets, which is good news for ABC. According to preliminary numbers, the premiere of the network’s new seriesÂ The Muppets drewÂ 8.9 million total viewers and a 2.8 demo rating, following behind only The VoiceÂ in the 18-49 demo for Tuesday night andÂ givingÂ ABC its biggest series debut since last year’sÂ How to Get Away With MurderÂ opening.
The Muppets‘Â success also helpedÂ Fresh Off the BoatÂ (airing at 8:30 p.m.) improve upon its Season 1 finale numbers.Â Fresh‘s second season premiere garnered 6.1 million viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, up one million in total viewers and 0.4 in the demo from its last episode back in April.
However, the biggest news from last night is the somewhat disappointing premiere numbers from FOX’s highly anticipated horror-comedy seriesÂ Scream Queens. The show, created by theÂ GleeÂ team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, only opened to 4 million viewers and 1.6 demo rating, improving upon last year’s two-hour block ofÂ Utopia,Â New Girl, andÂ Mindy Project, but only slightly.
In addition to being beat by more than 1.0 in the demo byÂ The Muppets,Â Scream QueensÂ also fell short of the ratings of the night’s other newcomer, CBS’Â Limitless. The Jake McDorman-led procedural debuted to 9.8 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating.
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