New Seasons Of 'Sunny,' 'The League' Set Nielsen Marks


FX executives were smiling at the performance of the premieres of their original comedies Thursday night.
The sixth-season bow of It's Always Sunny recorded a host of demo marks, while the sophomore-starter of The League delivered series' highs across the board on Sept. 16.
The season-six premiere of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia averaged 2.21 million viewers, a 1% dip from the show's fifth-season debut, according to Nielsen live+ same-day data. However, the Sept. 16 episode delivered a series' best 1.83 million persons 18 to 49 and 1.46 million persons 18 to 34, up 3% in those demos above the fifth-season premiere on Sept. 17, 2009.
Sunny also posted all-time series marks, with a 16% gain in guys 18 to 34 (1.01 million) and an11% increase among males 18-49 (1.24 million) over the season-five premiere. The show was cable's best with those demos on Thursday night.
Gauged against its full fifth-season average, the Sept. 16 installment scored gains of 31% among the 18-to-34 set, 29% among persons 18 to 49, and 24% among total viewers.
As for The League, FX enjoyed series' highs across the board on Thursday night.
Compared to its premiere, The League recorded increases of 72% in total viewers (1.71 million), 76% among persons 18 to 49 (1.38 million), 63% among persons 18 to 34 (994,000), 79% against females 18 to 49 (379,000) and 78% among guys 18 to 49 (1 million).
The League retained 77% of Sunny's lead-in total viewers and 76% of it 18-to-49 audience, topping the 62% average retention of last year's Sunny lead-in audience (six weeks), according to FX officials.