By James Hibberd
October 24, 2011 at 08:11 PM EDT

Kelsey Grammer’s return to TV on Starz’ Boss got off to a decent start in the ratings on Friday night. The grim political thriller delivered a total of 1.7 million viewers across multiple airings its opening weekend. That’s okay for Starz, though down from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, which clocked 2.8 million viewers its first weekend, and down slightly from Torchwood: Miracle Day (2 million) and Camelot (1.6 million for Friday alone). Hmm, perhaps “semi-decent” is more apt?

Starz has already taken then fate-tempting step of renewing Boss for a second season before the first one started, a move that doesn’t always turn out well (remember Showtime’s Huff?). But if Boss can continue at this same number, or better yet grow, the decision shouldn’t keep any executives up at night.