”That’s 49 cent of spilt milk dripping all over my table. Somebody gonna drink this milk!” says Julius (Terry Crews, near left) to his kids, including a 13-year-old Chris Rock (Tyler James Williams, far left). Viewers were certainly lapping up the debut of UPN’s Everybody Hates Chris on Thursday. Like this season’s other much-touted new sitcom, NBC’s My Name Is Earl, Chris seems to be living up to its hype, if the ratings for the pilot episode are any indication. The Chris Rock comedy’s debut drew 7.6 million viewers on Thursday, beating the first half hour of NBC’s hour-long Joey season premiere and Fox’s The O.C., as well as scoring a record as the top-rated comedy debut in UPN’s decade-long history.
CBS’ Survivor won the 8 p.m. hour, but with a measly 16.6 million, its audience down about a third from this time last year. At 9 p.m., the Season 4 premiere of The Apprentice drew only 9.8 million, the lowest premiere numbers yet for that series. Looks like Thursday is a whole new ballgame, though things could still change when the WB and ABC launch their Thursday dramas this week: Alias and The Night Stalker on ABC, and Smallville and Everwood on the WB.
What will you be watching on Thursdays?
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