According to Deadline, Abbott Elementary is writing history as it is the first ABC comedy premiere to treble its ratings since its premiere.
Abbott Elementary, a new comedy series about a bunch of dedicated teachers and one eccentric principal set in a Philadelphia public school, is conceptualized by the writer and comedian Quinta Brunson. Together, the group of educators works hard to manage the struggles of working at a low-resource elementary school, and having their focus on providing them with the best education possible despite the circumstances. Furthermore, it is a witty and realistic portrayal of the educational system and those who work in it that has captivated audiences.
The show premiered in December with 2.79 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. After 35 days of tracking views across ABC’s linear and digital platforms, the series has jumped 300 percent in its demographic, achieving a 2.4 rating and 7.1 million total viewers. According to ABC, this is the biggest gain percentage from live-plus-same-day viewing to multi-platform ratings for any new comedy launch in the network’s 35-day history.
Brunson serves as writer and executive producer, starring in the series alongside cast members Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Chris Perfetti, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The show is produced by Warner Bros. Television and debuts in the Tuesday primetime slot as a newcomer. Since its premiere, the sitcom has maintained its weekly demo rating and routinely outperformed its hour. The new comedy has outperformed rival primetime shows on many networks, including CBS’ FBI: International and Fox’s Our Kind of People.
Brunson took to social media to invite people to see the premiere, wishing them “laughter and enjoyment.”