Fox’s The Orville landed in its regular Thursday time slot with a hair over 4 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating (per finals), expectedly down — 40 and 50 percent — from its second, NFL-boosted Sunday showcase.
Seth MacFarlane’s space dramedy thus veritably matched Pitch‘s first at-bat (4.2 mil/1.1) in the time slot a year ago.
Opening Fox’s night, Gotham christened its new (k)night with 3.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating, down from its Season 3 premiere (3.9 mil/1.3) and average (3.4 mil/1.1), but on par with its finale (3.2 mil/1.0). Compared to Rosewood (3.7 mil/0.7) in the leadoff spot a year ago, Gotham was up sharply in the demo.
Elsewhere, CBS bubble drama Zoo with no Big Brother lead-in closed Season 3 with 2.8 mil and a 0.5, ticking up in audience while steady in the demo…. The CW’s Penn & Teller (1.6 mil/0.4) was steady, while Whose Line (1.2 mil/0.4) ticked up.