The first night of original programming on FXX was a pretty good one. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The League” began life on their new channel by retaining most of the audience they had on FX.
“Sunny” opened its ninth season to a total audience of 757,000 people. That’s down about 28 percent from 1.05 million for its Season 8 premiere in October 2012. FXX is in about 73 percent as many homes as FX is, so the drop is pretty much in line with its smaller subscriber base.
The shows’ demographic numbers are a little, uh, sunnier: The show retained 80 percent of the 18-49 viewers from the Season 8 premiere (648,000 vs. 809,000) and 85 percent of the 18-34 audience (527,000 vs. 622,000). It even improved a little among men ages 18-34.
“The League” fared even better in its new home. Its fifth-season premiere built on the “Sunny” lead-in and scored 786,000 viewers (compared to 910,000 for the Season 4 premiere). It kept more than 90 percent of both the 18-49 (687,000 vs. 732,000) and 18-34 (537,000 vs. 584,000) demos from last season’s debut and is running ahead of its Season 4 averages in most measures.
“The numbers last night on FXX for ‘Sunny’ and ‘The League’ far exceeded our highest expectations,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says. “To have just launched the channel three days ago and get these ratings is thrilling.”
The numbers for the premiere of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” weren’t as good. The show, which is going nightly after a year as a weekly series, retained not quite half of its 18-49 audience (137,000 vs. 282,000 people) and 59 percent of the 18-34 demo (90,000 vs. 153,000) compared to its last run of weekly shows in May and June.