Premiere Ratings: FX's Wilfred Digs Up Record Numbers, Plus Burn Notice, Rookie Blue

There are no fleas on Wilfred. FX’s adaptation of the Aussie series debuted Thursday night to 2.6 million total viewers, 1.2 mil of which landed in the coveted 18-49 demo. That makes it the best comedy series launch in FX history.

Leading out of Wilfred, the season premiere of Louie drew 1.6 million total viewers/1 mil in the 18-49 demo, representing a 47 percent increase over the show’s freshman opener.

Among other Thursday fare:

* ABC’s Expedition Impossible took 7.1 million viewers along for its maiden ride, while scoring a 2.3 demo rating. That’s on par with what Rookie Blue did in the same Thursdays-at-9 time slot a year ago.

* Speaking of Rookie Blue, its second season premiered to 5.9 mil (its best audience since mid-August of last summer) and grabbed a time slot-winning 1.6 rating.

* Over on USA Network, Burn Notice returned to an audience of 5.2 million, down from its June 2010 premiere (6.6 mil) but up 20 percent from the midseason opener that aired last November. The cabler’s spiffy new Suits in turn delivered 4.64 mil and a 1.6 demo rating, improving on Fairly Legal‘s Thursdays-at-10 numbers by some 47 percent.

* NBC’s Love Bites bit it, again, dropping double digits in both audience (to 2 mil) and in the demo (0.8).

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