*Freeform’s “grown-ish” (Jan. 3, 2018, 8:00-8:31 p.m. EST) and Showtime’s “The Chi” got off to successful starts in terms of viewership, reports Variety.
“Grown-ish,” the spinoff of “black-ish” that follows eldest daughter Zoe (Yara Shahidi) during her freshman year in college, ranked as Freeform’s biggest series launch in two years among Total Viewers (1.562 million), Adults 18-49 (917,000), Women 18-49 (658,000), Women 18-34 (340,000) and Females 12-34 (448,000) – since “Shadowhunters” on 1/12/16, the network revealed Monday.
In the first 3 days after its launch, “grown-ish” generated 4.5 million views across linear and digital platforms, making the series the best digital debut in Freeform history. It was also Wednesday’s No. 1 most social cable series with 214,000 engagements across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.
Meanwhile, Showtime’s drama “The Chi,” which premiered 10 p.m. on Sunday, drew a respectable 533,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. That puts it just under the premiere of the new half-hour Showtime comedy “SMILF” in November, which drew 768,000 viewers. It also puts it well above the premiere of Showtime’s other recent freshman shows “I’m Dying Up Here” (167,000) and “White Famous (154,000), the latter of which was recently cancelled.
With subsequent airings Sunday night, “The Chi” drew a total of 875,000 viewers. The show was also offered for advance sampling, adding an additional 800,000 viewers for a grand total of 1.67 million viewers total having seen the premiere.
That is the best Showtime series debut when all factors are counted since “Billions,” which drew 3 million viewers in total.
Created and executive produced by Lena Waithe and executive produced by Common, “The Chi” explores the lives of residents on the South Side of Chicago. Shot entirely in its namesake city, the series stars Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Hibbert, Yolanda Ross, Tiffany Boone, and Armando Riesco.
Watch the first episode below: