NBC’s ‘Marlon’ Premieres To Big Ratings

Published: Thursday 17th Aug 2017 by Rashad

Funnyman Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins have already proven their on-screen chemistry with the hilarious ‘Haunted House’ big screen franchise.  So, it should come as no surprise the duo was able to replicate that comic gold on ‘Marlon’ – NBC’s newest sitcom.

Bringing an “updated take” on the classic family comedy style by co-parenting his two children with his unreceptive ex-wife (Atkins), the show not only brought some serious laughs with its premiere last night (August 16), but also some big numbers.

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The series debut of NBC’s comedy “Marlon” scored the second most-watched new summer comedy premiere on the Big 4 broadcast networks in 10 years, according to Nielsen overnight data.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Marlon” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million total viewers.

That is one of the best premieres for a summer comedy series since CBS’ “Creature Comforts” nabbed 6.2 million viewers in 2007. Earlier this summer, the Tuesday timeslot debut of ABC’s “Downward Dog” drew 5.7 million viewers, but that series was ultimately canceled

All-in-all very solid numbers, especially for that timeslot and genre.  Here’s hoping the show experiences continued success and encourages more networks to create shows with people of color as leading characters.

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  1. JuicyPrune August 17, 2017

    Marlon will NEVER live up to My Wife and Kids

  2. Honda Accord August 17, 2017

    He’s not funny.

  3. NOBITCHASSNESS August 17, 2017

    Good for them. I do miss My Wife And Kids but let’s hope the show has a smooth run… oh and is good.

  4. Jeans August 17, 2017

    I will watch but agree he is not that funny. MY WIFE AND KIDS IS HELLA FUNNY! Anything is with Tisha Campbell

    • ThatMessJuice.Flop August 17, 2017

      You are right. I loved her on Everybody Hates Chris as well

      • MessyJessy August 18, 2017

        lmao that was Tischina Arnold.

      • Kinwa August 19, 2017

        They both starred on Everybody Hates Chris, actually. Look it up…

  5. Brent Christpher August 17, 2017

    Is doesn’t have the ingredients to sustain success.

  6. Jasmine August 18, 2017

    I watched it. I did not laugh once. Same old Marlon. His act is tired. As expected, he wears little boy skinny jeans, is super annoying, and always finds a way to make half the show him acting feminine. Nothing new here. It would be nice seeing a 45 year old black man actually acting like a grown-up black man for once.

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