Will the popularity of the 2004 Napoleon Dynamite movie translate into solid ratings for the animated TV series? FOX sure hopes so.
Per the fast affiliate ratings, the new Napoleon Dynamite TV series premiered last night to a very impressive 4.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.5 million total viewers. That was on par with last season’s debut of Bob’s Burgers which aired on January 9th in the same timeslot and also had the advantage of afternoon football helping to pull in viewers.
The second episode, airing at 9:30pm, drew a more realistic 3.6 in the demo with 7.2 million viewers. That was still very positive. Compared to a year ago’s installment of The Cleveland Show, FOX was up by 33% in the timeslot.
It’s very positive that Napoleon was sampled by a high number of viewers but it remains to be seen if they’ll end up returning week after week. After all, last season’s Bob’s Burgers also got off to a big start but the numbers dropped 44% in the second week.
UPDATE: You can follow the first season ratings for Napoleon Dynamite.
What do you think? Will Napoleon Dynamite continue to be a ratings success? Did you watch? Will you keep watching?
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