The third season premiere of the FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, got off to a very successful start this past Thursday, drawing 2.3 million viewers in its 10:00 p.m. timeslot.
Premiering in the fall instead of the summer, the series increased by 62% over its June 2006 second season premiere (1.7 million), which was at that point the most-watched show on the network.
In the demographics, gains were also notched among adults 18-49 (+77% –1.0 million to 1.8 million) and among adults 18-49 (+140% — 527,000 to 1.3 million).
The network aired a second episode of the series at 10:30 p.m. and it drew 1.9 million viewers (1.4 million among adults 18-49 and 1 million among adults 18-34)
For comparison, the second season of the show averaged 1.3 million viewers and 902,000 viewers among adults 18-49 so this was a very successful premiere for the network.
Source: Nielsen Media Research (via Hollywood Reporter)