The premiere of THE ORVILLE, FOX’s new space adventure series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, marks the network’s largest drama debut in over two years since EMPIRE in January 2015.
In Live+3, THE ORVILLE delivered a 3.5/12 rating, FOX’s highest-rated drama launch since EMPIRE (5.3/15 L3, 1/7/15*) and television’s highest-rated drama premiere in nearly a year (since 9/21/16, Designated Survivor, 3.7/13 L3*), according to Nielsen. The episode posted a +30% gain from its same day viewership last Sunday, Sept. 10, at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PT, immediately following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader.
Among Men 18-34, THE ORVILLE delivered a 2.8/13 L3, also FOX’s highest-rated broadcast drama debut since EMPIRE (3.1/12 M18-34 L3, 1/7/15*).
THE ORVILLE averaged 11.3 million multi-platform viewers (+31% from same day), FOX’s largest debut since EMPIRE (13.7 mil P2+, 1/7/15*) and its most-watched telecast since EMPIRE’s mid-season premiere in March (11.8 mil, 3/22/17).
Including its Tuesday encore, THE ORVILLE delivered 13.0 million viewers across all platforms.
Across FOX NOW and Hulu, THE ORVILLE’s three-day streaming average audience amounted to 650,000 viewers, making it the most-streamed new FOX drama premiere in three years (since 9/22/14, GOTHAM, 865K) and new FOX premiere in two years (since 9/22/15, “Scream Queens,” 812K).
Additional highlights include:
- THE ORVILLE is the top entertainment telecast so far this month (ties FX’s American Horror Story premiere, 3.5/14 L3, 9/5/17), the highest-rated scripted broadcast telecast since 5/24/17 (EMPIRE, 3.5/13 L3), as well as summer’s highest-rated broadcast entertainment telecast (ties AGT, 3.5/14 L3, 8/15/17).
- THE ORVILLE was the No. 1 most social scripted primetime broadcast series program on 9/10/17**.
- FOX has the top three scripted debuts of 2017 (THE ORVILLE, 24: LEGACY, THE MICK), as well as the last four scripted debuts to post above a 2.5 L+3 rating (THE ORVILLE, 24: LEGACY, THE MICK, STAR)
In the next all-new episode of THE ORVILLE, “Command Performance,” airing this Sunday, Sept. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT), immediately following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader, Ed (MacFarlane) and Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) are tricked by a hologram of a ship in distress and find themselves prisoners in a replica of their former home. Alara (HalstonSage) then must step up in her first command of the Orville and attempt a heroic rescue. Meanwhile, Bortus (Peter Macon) and Klyden (Chad L. Coleman) receive some happy, yet unexpected news. Jeffrey Tambor and Holland Taylor guest-star.
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows the exploits of The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.
The series stars MacFarlane as ED MERCER, the ship’s Captain, and Adrianne Palicki (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”) as his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON, who’s assigned as his First Officer. The series also stars Penny Johnson Jerald (“24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”) as DR. CLAIRE FINN, Scott Grimes (“American Dad!,” “Justified”) as GORDON MALLOY, Peter Macon (“Shameless,” “Bosch”) as BORTUS, Halston Sage (“Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”) as ALARA KITAN, J Lee (“American Dad!”, “The Cleveland Show”) as JOHN LAMARR, Mark Jackson (“That Royal Today” ) as ISAAC, Chad L. Coleman (“The Wire”) as KLYDEN and Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”) as YAPHIT. Seth MacFarlane, David A. Goodman, Brannon Braga, Jason Clark and Liz Heldens are executive producers. Jon Favreau directed the series premiere episode, “Old Wounds.”
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