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Fox drama 'The Good Guys' off to slow start

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the-good-guysImage Credit: Bill Matlock/FoxIt was an inauspicious start for Fox’s new summer drama The Good Guys starring Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Colin Hanks (The House Bunny). According to preliminary results from Wednesday, the action dramedy about two very different detectives finished its 8 p.m. time slot in fourth place among viewers (5 million), behind I Get That A Lot on CBS (7.1 million) and back-to-back episodes of the ABC comedy The Middle (6.4 million). NBC aired a rerun of Minute to Win It that led into the first half-hour of a Law & Order special (5.4 million).

In the adults 18-49 demographic, Guys tied for third place with Minute with a mere 1.5 rating/3 share — only a tenth of a point improvement over Fox’s week-ago performance with a Lie to Me repeat. Guys also was flat half-hour to half-hour — not a great sign when folks typically begin to tune in for the results show of American Idol.

Fox still won the night in viewers (11.7 million) and adults 18-49.