In terms of critical acclaim, comedian Seth MacFarlane’s new sci-fi dramedy “The Orville” is going to be one of the worst received new shows this year.
Premiering the other week, the series has scored just a 35/100 on Metacritic with reviews slamming it as a blatant “Star Trek” rip-off just with fart jokes and a surprising self-seriousness.
In terms of ratings though, the series debut proved a surprise hit with zone-adjusted ratings for the show’s debut pegging it at a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating and 8.6 million viewers.
That figure matches the debut of NBC’s “This Is Us” and FOX’s “The Mick” last year, the highest-rated launches last season (excluding the post-Superbowl launched “24: Legacy”).
In its target men 18-34 demographic, and outside post-Superbowl launches, the show’s debut was the highest rated broadcast hourlong series debut since “Gotham” four years ago.
How much of that audience will stick around for subsequent episodes and will it be enough for further episode orders – we’ll have to wait and see.