The “Contra Club” stole itself a few more viewers, as Fox’s Breaking In kicked off its almost-didn’t-happen Season 2 with 3.6 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, up 13 and 31 percent from the caper comedy’s freshman finale. That said, the tally was some 20 percent shy of what Raising Hope last did in the Tuesdays-at-9:30 slot.
Speaking of the Chance clan, in their new 8 pm home they drew 4.8 mil and a 2.1 rating, on par with Hope‘s most recent outing. I Hate My Teenage Daughter led out of that with 3.8 mil/1.6, plunging 34 and 20 percent from its winter finale (which was buoyed by an X Factor lead-in).
Rounding out Fox’s new two-hour comedy block — and building strongly on its listless, Glee-less lead-in — New Girl was steady with a 3.0 rating.
Of the night’s precious little other fresh fare:
* Cougar Town (4.4 mil/1.5) grabbed an additional 100,000 viewers (beating new time slot rival Teenage Daughter) yet dipped a tenth in the demo.
* 90210 (1.3 mil/0.7) shed a handful of eyeballs.
* The River (4.2 mil/1.5) was flat.
* Ringer (1.24 mil/0.5) gained 7 percent and a tenth in the demo.
An NCIS repeat dominated the night with 14.4 million total viewers, while New Girl scored the best demo rating.