Fox’s ‘Smarter’ is the highest rated premiere

We may never know if Americans are smarter than a fifth-grader, but we do know that apparently people want to find out.

Fox television’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” which quizzes adults on fifth-grade level and below math, science and history, scored an audience of 26.6 million Tuesday night, making it the highest-rated series premiere ever on the network in total viewers. Even with it airing after the most popular show on TV, “American Idol,” the numbers are still impressive.

“I’m floored,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s executive vice president of alternative programming. “I heard some buzz, I knew people were talking about it, but in a million years I never would have expected this.”

The show expands to an hour when it airs at 8 tonight.


Martin Miller