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Neil Patrick Harris variety show gets decent start despite reviews

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So they’re not the best ratings ever, they’re still perfectly solid. 

Neil Patrick Harris’ new NBC variety show Best Time Ever opened to 6.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18–49. 

That’s not too shabby for a 10 p.m. mid-September premiere before the TV season officially gets underway.

Best Time Ever marks NBC’s highest numbers in this slot since May and easily beat ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: First Dances in the demo. 

Harris’ opening act, America’s Got Talent, had 11.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating. So on one hand, you could say Best Time Ever fell from its opener despite being a heavily promoted premiere. But a 1.9 in this slot, especially at this point in the month, is a number NBC will always happily take.  

The performance comes despite some critical review of the show. EW’s Jeff Jensen gave Best Time Ever a “D.”

And spreaking of premiere ratings (and bad reviews), performance numbers for FX’s premiere of The Bastard Executioner will be posted later on Wednesday. 

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