In the latest TV ratings, Fox’s Monarch debuted Sunday night to 3.8 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating (per updated tallies), leading as it did out of a season-opening NFL double header.
An encore airing drew 1.5 million viewers and a 0.2 rating, making for a combined premiere-night audience of 5.3 million (and a 1.0 rating).
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The country music sudser shus stands as Fox’s most-watched scripted fall launch in three years (since Prodigal Son debuted to 4.1 million), and TV’s top-rated scripted premiere of 2022. (Of note, Fox also boasts the year’s highest-rated unscripted launch, in Next Level Chef, which also led out of football.)
TVLine readers gave the Monarch opener an average grade of “B-“; read our post mortem.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football time slot premiere of course dominated the night in all measures, and was up sharply year-over-year (vs. last September’s Bears/Rams opener) with a preliminary audience of 18.6 million and a 5.2 demo rating.
Facing hugely stiffer competition, CBS’ Big Brother (3.9 mil/0.7) was steady.
Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (4 mil/0.5) and $100,000 Pyramid (3.4 mil/0.4) each added viewers while steady in the demo. The Final Straw (1.6 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo.
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