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'Last Man on Earth' ratings are not the end of the world

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It turns out that people will watch Will Forte smashing various objects for nearly an hour.

The Last Man on Earth debuted strong for Fox, drawing 5.7 million viewers and a 2.3 in the coveted 18-49 demographic, ensuring the network a win in the demo on Sunday night.

The series, which stars the SNL alum as the last man left on earth opposite Kristen Schaal’s—spoiler alert—last woman on Earth, became Fox’s highest rated comedy debut in Men 18-49 in nearly three and a half years following the debut of New Girl. Last Man also grew 28 percent from its Brooklyn Nine-Nine lead-in in the adults 18-49 demo and 56 percent in total viewers.

As for the night’s other new series launches, ABC’s Secrets & Lies two-hour debut drew 5.9 million and a 1.5 in the demo, which is down 61 percent from last March’s debut of Resurrection, though the Ryan Phillippe drama averaged more than Resurrection and Revenge‘s most recent outings. Once Upon a Time, meanwhile, returned from its winter hiatus to 6.6 million viewers and a 2.2 in the demo, up 29 percent from the winter finale.

Over on CBS, Battle Creek debuted modestly with 7.8 million and a 1.0 in the demo, which gave the network the lead in total viewers on Sunday night, but failed to impress in the demo, especially compared to the fall debut of Madam Secretary, which bowed 50 percent higher with a 2.0.

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