FOX's THE ORVILLE Ranks As No. 1 Entertainment Program of the Week
Episode 2 of FOX's THE ORVILLE ranks as the #1 entertainment program of the week and the first broadcast entertainment program in 20 years to outperform THE EMMY AWARDS in Live + 7 ratings for the week of Sept. 11. Seth MacFarlane's new space adventure series earned a 7-day Total Multi-Platform audience of 9.8 million Total Viewers, up +48% from Live + Same day and FOX's most-watched show of the week, according to Nielsen.Including its Tuesday (9/19) encore, episode 2 of THE ORVILLE delivered 11.7 million Total Viewers across all platforms in the 7-day window. In addition, FOX's MASTERCHEF hit a season high 2.0/8 L7, gaining two-tenths week-to-week. BEAT SHAZAM (0.9/4 L7) concluded its freshman season with a 1.1/5 L7 average, ranking as the summer's #2 new unscripted series (behind World of Dance).
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, "Ted," "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey"), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. The ensemble series stars MacFarlane as the ship's Commanding Officer and Adrianne Palicki ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Friday Night Lights") as his ex-wife, who's assigned as his First Officer. Additional cast members include Penny Johnson Jerald ("24," "The Larry Sanders Show"), Scott Grimes ("ER," "Justified"), Peter Macon ("Shameless," "Bosch"), Halston Sage ("Neighbors," "Goosebumps"), J Lee (FAMILY GUY, "The Cleveland Show"), Mark Jackson ("That Royal Today") and Chad L. Coleman ("The Walking Dead," "The Wire").
THE ORVILLE is produced by 20th Century FOX Television. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga ("Terra Nova"), David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY), Jason Clark ("Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," "Ted") and Liz Heldens ("Mercy," "Deception") serve as executive producers on the series. Jon Favreau ("The Jungle Book," "Iron Man") directed the pilot, on which he also served as an executive producer.