Zooey Deschanel’s ‘New Girl’ opens big

Awesome ratings from premiere of New Girl last night!

Zooey Deschanel charmed the pants off Fox viewers Tuesday night, delivering a truly impressive premiere rating for her comedy New Girl and debuting as the top-rated show on an ultra-competitive night. There’s also the second week of numbers for Sarah Michelle Geller’s Ringer and the premieres for Body of Proof, Unforgettable, Parenthood and more.

New Girl was seen by 10.1 million viewers at 9 p.m. and delivered a strong 4.7 adults 18-49 rating. That’s the highest-rated fall sitcom premiere on Fox since The Bernie Mac Show 10 years ago. What’s particularly impressive about this number is how much the comedy built from its Glee third season premiere lead-in. Glee (8.9 million, 3.8) was down 32 percent from its first episode last fall, yet New Girl was up a whopping 52 percent from the debut of Raising Hope in its slot last year. Speaking of Hope (6.8 million, 3.1), the second season of the comedy successfully matched its first season premiere rating at 9:30 p.m.

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