Sunny Nielsen Start For FX Comedy

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The sun was out for the fifth-season debut of FX's Philly sitcom Thursday night.

The Sept. 17 bow of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia scored double-digit gains across the board, compared with the start of its fourth campaign, when compared with its fourth-season starter.

Thursday's installment averaged 2.24 million viewers, 22% more than 1.73 million for Sunny's fourth-season bow, according to Nielsen Media Research live+ same-day data. Among that total were 1.78 million persons 18 to 49 and 1.42 millions persons 18 to 34, up 57% and 76% from 1.14 million and 803,000, respectively, last season. It also posted a 104% rise among men 18 to 34 to 871,000 from 427,000.
For the night, Sunny was cable's top show in basic cable among adults and men 18 to 34, according to network officials.
Thursday night's season fifth-season premiere episode also marked significant gains over Sunny's fourth-season average: ahead 90% among adults 18 to 49 (1.78 million vs. 935,000); up 90% among adults 18 to 34 (1.42 million vs. 745,000); and a 70% advance among total viewers (2.24 million vs. 1.32 million).

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