Despite lots of less-than-favorable reviews, NBC’s Whitney sitcom seemed to have a healthy start last night, per the fast affiliate ratings.
The new series premiered at 9:30pm, following the return of The Office, and registered a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.71 million viewers. It was third place in its timeslot, and from the early numbers, looks to have narrowly beaten the debut of Person of Interest on CBS.
Year-to-year, Whitney improved over the debut of Community by 46% in the demo and 34% in total viewership.
The Office had a strong start as Whitney’s lead-in (3.9) and Prime Suspect, which followed at 10pm, had a disappointing one (1.8). It will be key to see how many fled Whitney before the episode was over. We’ll have a better idea of this show’s future once we see those figures and when we see how many viewers return next week. For now, Whitney’s future looks positive.
What do you think? Were you one of the millions who watched Whitney last night? Will you be back? Should the series continue or should it be cancelled instead?
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