The alphabet network has had mixed luck launching new sitcoms this season. Manhattan Love Story and Selfie have already been cancelled due to low ratings while Black-ish is on track to be renewed for a second season. How’s Fresh Off the Boat been doing? Does it have a chance at returning next fall?
On Fresh Off the Boat, a Taiwanese family moves from Chinatown in Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida. They open a steak restaurant and experience serious culture shock while pursuing the American Dream. The family members are played by Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen.
The new ABC series debuted with a pair of episodes on February 4th, surrounding a new episode of the network’s highest-rated sitcom, Modern Family. It performed very well with the two episodes averaging a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.71 million viewers.
The following week, Fresh Off the Boat moved to its regular Tuesday night timeslot. While the ratings came down quite a bit in week two, the sitcom did well — especially considering it didn’t have any lead-in support or big name actors in its cast. In week three, the show’s audience grew slighty to a 1.9 demo rating and 6.17 million viewers.
Last week saw the numbers inch downward but they could have dropped a lot more considering The Voice, NBC’s biggest series, started airing on Tuesdays.
Fresh Off the Boat is currently averaging a 2.0 rating in the coveted demo with 6.54 million viewers. It’s not a ratings hit but it is doing well for ABC on a night that’s been a real challenge for the network in the past couple years.
Unless the ratings take a big tumble all of a sudden, this series looks like a shoo-in to be renewed for the 2015-16 season.
But, what do you think? Do you like the Fresh Off the Boat TV show on ABC? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?