Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World was met with a warm reception on Friday night, premiering to 5.2 million total viewers — up sharply from the cabler’s most recent series launch (I Didn’t Do It‘s 3.9 mil, in January) but falling shy of last July’s Liv & Maddie debut (5.8 mil).
GMW stands as the No. 1 series launch of 2014 among the youth demos of Kids 2-11 (drawing 2.3 million of ’em), Kids 6-11 (1.8 mil) and Tweens 9-14 (1.7 mil).
TVLine readers gave the Boy Meets World sequel an average grade of “B.”
Opening Disney Channel’s night, the Zendaya-fronted original movie Zapped drew 5.7 million total viewers, up from January’s Cloud 9 telepic (5 mil) but well shy of last summer’s Teen Beach Movie (8.4 mil).
Elsewhere on Friday: NBC’s Crossbones (2.3 mil/0.4) plunged 23 and 33 percent leading out of a Meredith Vieira special (3.8 mil/0.5) instead of Dateline. ABC’s 20/20 (6.2 mil/1.3) — featuring Barbara Walters’ sitdown with Peter Rodgers — rose 24 and 18 percent week-to-week and led the broadcast networks in the demo, while CBS’ Blue Bloods repeat (6.3 mil/0.7) copped the largest audience.