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‘Monarch’ Gets Respectable Sampling Behind NFL Game, Fox’s Charlie Collier “Pleased” With Debut Against ‘SNF’

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Fox’s Monarch, originally slated to debut last spring, launched last night at 7:45 PM ET behind an NFL doubleheader. With a title that could’ve been easily mistaken for another special about the late Queen Elizabeth II, the country music drama averaged a 0.8 adults 18-49 Live+Same Day ratings and 3.8 million total viewers, with an the encore immediately following drawing an additional a 0.2 rating and 1.5 million viewers for a combined 1.0 rating and 5.3 million viewers on premiere night, per Nielsen fast nationals.

Both telecasts faced the mammoth Sunday Night Football Cowboys-Buccaneers match-up featuring un-retired super star Tom Brady.That is a respectable showing under the circumstances.

Fox’s January premiere of Next Level Chef (1.2 18-49 rating, 4.01M viewers in L+SD), which also followed an NFL game, had OT lead-in (3.3,12.31M) that was twice as strong as Monarch‘s OT lead-in last night (1.7, 6.16M), so the drama’s retention, especially in viewership, is decent in this day and age.Fox’s Monarch and Next Level Chef rank as the No.1 scripted and unscripted series debuts of 2022 in L+SD adults 18-49 ratings across broadcast and cable. (That includes the linear L+SD portion of HBO’s House of the Dragon, 0.6 in 18-49, though a large part of that show’s viewing is done on HBO Max.)Monarch also ranks as Fox’s most-watched fall scripted debut in three years, since Prodigal Son in September 2019 but we should to note that Fox has not launched a new fall scripted series behind an NFL game since The Orville in 2017.Following the premiere, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier sent a congratulatory email to the network’s staff.“Cooperation between Entertainment and Sports resulted in the strategic decision to streamline The

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