NEW YORK – Robin Williams has bragging rights over Michael J. Fox in the competition between two sitcom veterans returning to network TV – with an asterisk.
The Nielsen company said Friday that Williams’ new CBS comedy, The Crazy Ones, debuted before 15.6 million people on Thursday night. It competed directly at 9 p.m. with The Michael J. Fox Show on NBC, which was seen by 7.2 million people.
Williams had a huge advantage, however. His new sitcom directly followed a new episode of TV’s most popular comedy, The Big Bang Theory, which was seen by 19.5 million people. The second half hour of Parks & Recreation on NBC, which preceded Fox’s new show, had less than 3 million viewers.
– Associated Press