FX scored its best-ever comedy ratings with the debut of “Wilfred” Thursday night.
The dog-gone comedy starring Elijah Wood – as a troubled single guy who imagines his neighbor’s dog is talking to him – drew 2.55 million viewers to the Fox-owned cable channel last Thursday at 10-10:30 p.m. (9-9:30c), FX said late Friday.
That’s a huge number for any original half-hour comedy on cable – and it was certainly the highest-rated debut of any comedy in the history of FX. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2003 to find the next highest-rated FX sitcom debut – the short-lived Vegas comedy “Lucky” (which we loved), starring John Corbett and Billy Gardell (now seen as Mike on CBS’s “Mike & Molly”).
“Lucky” had 2.5 million viewers for its debut but apparently couldn’t sustain its audience because it wound up lasting only one season. By contrast, another FX comedy – “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – scored 1.418 million viewers in its debut in August 2005, but has built its viewership to such an extent that it is now headed into its seventh season.
The “Wilfred” viewership also helped boost the second-season premiere of the Louis C.K. comedy “Louie” – which drew 1.6 million, still a pretty good number for an FX comedy.
FX’s new – and apparently successful (so far) – combination of “Wilfred” and “Louie” can be seen Thursday nights at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c, respectively.