'The League' And 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Launch FXX to Big Ratings
There's a new network now with some of your raunchy old favorites. FXX (spinoff of, you guessed it, FX) launched Monday at 7pm ET, and it's already doing pretty damn well. Its third day saw the premieres of the most recent seasons of comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, as well as late night talk show Totally Bias With W. Kamau Bell.
It's Always Sunny kicked off its ninth (ninth!) season at 10 p.m., the first airing averaging upwards of 750,000 viewers and growing eight percent in men 18-34. They retained a good 80 to 85 percent of their ratings from last season's first episode, which is pretty good considering that network changes often leave a sizable number of the audience confused (and therefore not watching).
Heavily-improvised rowdy fantasy football comedy The League also premiered last night with its fifth season opener with 786,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m., beating Sunny. As a still very young talk show, Totally Bias With W. Kamau Bell is in a very different position than these established comedies, but still managed to gain viewers' eyes over last season.
Needless to say, the people behind FX and it's X-ier brother FXX are thrilled. “The numbers last night on FXX for Sunny and The League far exceeded our highest expectations,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. "To have just launched the channel three days ago and get these ratings is thrilling. The delivery of these shows needs no qualification, they are proven appointment viewing for young adult audiences."