Sunny Premiere Numbers for 'Philadelphia'
FX comedy gets big ratings bump to start season
The gleefully off-color comedy debuted to its highest-ever ratings last week, with the third-season premiere bringing in more than 60 percent more viewers than last year's opener. A second episode also did pretty well.
The premiere at 10 p.m. ET Thursday drew 2.33 million viewers, the biggest audience in the show's history. That's a 62-percent jump over the 1.7 million who watched the season-two debut in June 2006. "It's Always Sunny" also posted big gains among adults 18-49 (1.79 million viewers, up 77 percent over last year) and adults 18-34 (1.3 million, more than double the '06 premiere).
A second episode at 10:30 held onto most of that audience, snagging 1.86 million viewers and 1.41 million in the 18-49 demo.
Both episodes beat the show's previous high mark set in the second-season premiere. "It's Always Sunny," which stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito, averaged 1.3 million viewers for all of last season.