The off-beat comedy debuted its fifth season, boasting creator Dan Harmon back at the helm, and drew an average of 3.4 million viewers and a rating of 1.3 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The episode was down 32% in the young adult demographic from last year's winter premiere, which was in February, but it matched last May's season finale.
It's fair to point out that Thursday night's premiere arrived during a holiday week and a down night for broadcast TV in general. The network is expecting the show to make up some ground through delayed viewing.
The network's freshman comedies got off to a rough start after the mid-season break, with "Sean Saves the World" down 20% to a 0.8 in the advertiser-desired demo from its last original episode in December, and "
The first installment of the new ABC Cold War thriller "The Assets," an eight-part miniseries, attracted 3.8 million people and a demo rating of 0.7. In the 18-49 demographic, that's half the rating the network's "Zero Hour" debut received last February.
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