'Sunny,’ ‘The League’ Fall in FXX Debut

Comedy Premieres Down Double-Digits Following Move from FX

Not all of last season’s viewers followed comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League to their new home on FXX, according to Nielsen ratings for Sept. 4.

The ninth season premiere of Sunny drew 757,000 total viewers on Wednesday at 10 p.m., down 28% from its eighth season debut last year on FX. The League fared better at 10:30 p.m., drawing 786,000 viewers to its fifth season opener, a dip of 14% from 2012.

FXX is available in 72 million homes, compared to the 97 million homes for flagship network FX.

It was the third day of programming on FXX, the younger-skewing sibling of the FX Networks suite, which officially took over Fox Soccer channel on Sept. 2. Ratings for its first day were up by wide margins over the prior year (536% among adults 18-49 and 268% in total viewers in primetime) for a Parks and Recreation Labor Day marathon.