John Stamos and Rob Lowe were looking just OK on Tuesday night.
Fox’s Grandfathered debuted to 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, while The Grinder drew 4.9 mil and a 1.5, both improving greatly on — faint praise alert! — what Utopia did in the time slot one year ago (2 mil/0.8).
The freshman laffers also improved on Fox’s most recent Tuesday comedy performances — the season finales for New Girl (2.2 mil/1.1) and Mindy Project (2.1 mil/0.9), which aired during the 9 o’clock hour.
TVLine readers gave both Grandfathered and The Grinder an average grade of “B+.”
Leading out of that sitcombo, Scream Queens did 3.6 mil/1.4, down 10 and 18 percent from its two-hour premiere.
ABC | The Muppets (5.8 mil/2.0) dropped 30 percent from its impressive debut, while Fresh Off the Boat (4.8 mil/1.7) slipped 21 percent and two tenths. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned to 4.8 mil and a 1.7, down from its Season 2 opener (6 mil/2.1) but up sharply from its May finale (4 mil/1.3) and hitting its best numbers since Dec. 9. A Quantico encore added 4.2 mil/1.0.
CBS | NCIS (16 mil/2.1) slipped 12 and 16 percent from its season opener, while NCIS: New Orleans (12.6 mil/1.7) and Limitless (9.6 mil/1.9) were rock steady.
NBC | The Voice (13.3 mil/3.6) ticked up week-to-week, while Best Time Ever (6.3 mil/2.0) dipped a tenth in the demo.