Critics say New Girl had a sexy, funny premiere Tuesday night for its fourth-season opener. Too bad more people didn’t see it.
The creatively refreshed, now-with-more-sexiness Fox comedy returned to only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 45 percent from last year’s debut. The third season return of companion comedy The Mindy Project had an even sadder story, with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, down 32 percent. The New Girl rating is better than how each show was performing by the end of last season—both shows dropped a significant amount along the way last year—but the usual standard is to compare premieres to premieres. Perhaps New Girl‘s refreshed creative will help the show pick up steam in the weeks to come.
Neither were helped by their lead-in: Reality project Utopia (2.5 million, 1.0), which thankfully halted its declines and bounced up a tenth of a point in its second week in this slot.
Also in originals last night: CBS’ Big Brother (6.9 million, 2.3), ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (12.3 million, 2.1) and NBC’s America’s Got Talent (11.4 million, 2.5), the latter of which topped the charts in the demo.