TBS's 'Sullivan & Son' Opens with 2.5 Million Viewers

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July 20th, 2012

via press release:

TBS's Sullivan & Son Opens with 2.5 Million Viewers

Last night, 2.5 million viewers cozied up to the bar for the series premiere of TBS's new sitcom Sullivan & Son. The series, starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, also nabbed 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 612,000 adults 18-34.

TBS followed the series premiere with a second episode, which averaged more than 2 million viewers, 1.0 million adults 18-49 and 456,000 adults 18-34.

TBS's Sullivan & Son stars Steve Byrne as a corporate attorney who finds new life behind the bar when he leaves his Manhattan lifestyle and moves to Pittsburgh to take over his parents' pub. Byrne is joined by a stellar ensemble cast that includes Dan Lauria, Jodi Long, Christine Ebersole, Owen Benjamin, Valerie Azlynn, Vivian Bang and Brian Doyle-Murray. Sullivan & Son is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and showrunner Rob Long. Created by Long and Byrne, Sullivan & Son comes to TBS from Wild West Picture Show Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Sullivan & Son airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS.

Connect with Sullivan & Son:
Website: http://www.tbs.com/shows/sullivanandson/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SullivanTBS | #SullivanTBS

  • TimsDale4ever

    I know times have changed drastically from the 70’s/80’s, but I still have to laugh when I read one of these new shows draws about 2 million viewers like it’s soooooooooooo amazing. Back then if you didn’t START with 15 million viewers your a$$ was gone and probably wouldn’t be back for week 2. Remember when DALLAS was drawing around 20 million each episode? And yes, we had cable back then too. Standards have certainly been lowered…

  • Aaron

    But this is cable TV. No primetime network would be thrilled that their new show debuted to 2 million viewers but for TBS, where they average much less million viewers on their original shows, this is good news for them.

  • Bart

    @ TimsDale4ever: I’m with you, dude – I find these numbers som laughable. Remember when NBC’s Thursday night sitcoms in the 1980s (Cheers, Night Court, Family Ties) would all get over 20+ millions viewers? Today, the crappy single-camera shows they air barely register 4 million viewers and they crow about them like they are hits!!!

    It’s for this reason I rarely watch TV anymore – it’s all crap!

  • Jon23812

    @TimsDale4ever, and Bart.

    This IS NOT broadcast TV. This is cable. If you unplug your cable, you will only have CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX, because those are broadcast networks.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Bart & Timsdale: you guys probably remember when you could buy a decent house for $40,000 and gas cost $.25 a gallon too. Alas, that’s not the way it is now. But by all means please continue to use your rotary phones if it makes you feel better!

  • Bart

    @ Robert: Judging from your picture, Mathusela, you are WAY older than I – I’m still part of the 18-49 demographic!

  • Ram510

    This show wasn’t very good. I would predict that it’s going to have trouble keeping 1.6 million viewers in the next few weeks

    As far as broadcast nets not getting 20+ million viewers anymore, the times have changed more cable nets, online viewing, more option during prime time (in and outside of tv. In the old days a lot of things were closed by the time prime time tv started). However it can still be done look at how NFL games have been breaking records. Desperate Housewives was huge in its 1st and even 2nd season with over 20 million. NCIS still gets around 20 million

  • Phil

    @Robert Seidman: nice.

    I agree with the positive commentators on this site: times are not the same as they used to. SO many factors are now into play since the 70/80’s. There are so many technological outlets for people to still watch the show and not count towards ratings. In the 70/80’s they had a television and that’s it.

    FOX cancels GOOD programming even with ratings higher than this. I enjoyed the show for what it was, and will continue to check it out for the time being and support Steve Byrne.

  • Jared

    I didn’t love or dislike the show..I feel that way about a lot of shows airing on TBS. But 2.5 million viewers isn’t necessarily considered a “hit” now a days on cable either.

  • David

    Loved it and only found out about it last night, I will watch it weekly, I just don’t understand why the broadcast networks didn’t pick this pilot up, I really love the Asian American story part of this and really liked a show a long time ago with Margaret Cho.

  • Nick

    Episode 1:
    2.5 mil total
    1.3 in demo
    52% in demo

    Episode 2:
    2.0 mil total
    1.0 in demo
    Obviously 50%

    Also, the median age is 46.

  • MJDB

    I’m stumped were 1.0 and 0.8 good starts for the show because I enjoyed it?

  • SalaciousCrumb

    I liked this when i first saw it when it was called cheers.

  • Bryan

    ‘I know times have changed drastically from the 70?s/80?s, but I still have to laugh when I read one of these new shows draws about 2 million viewers like it’s soooooooooooo amazing.’

    Well, besides the obviously pointed out difference between broadcast and cable networks…

    Most people that own basic cable have 60 or so channels to their arsenal. Mix in people with digital cable packages or even DirectTV and what not and there are plenty of people with hundreds of channels to choose from. Back in the 70s and 80s there were less available channels and people mainly had to watch them air directly on TV compared to a culture that is pretty big on DVRing shows and/or watching them online.

    Of course with more options available both in the number of channels/shows and new medium to watch said shows you’re going to see a drop. That being said, I find it hilarious that you compared a popular show from broadcast TV to the one of hundreds of new cable TV shows anyway, comes off as not realizing how the entire system works nowadays.

  • bufftuff

    Really wasn’t a bad cable sitcom. Better than yet another reality show.

    More like a modern update of Archie Bunker’s Place than Cheers.

    Mixes sweet with sarcasm and plenty of one line zingers.

    Only thing inaccurate is there aren’t any Mexicans in Pittsburgh. Check out the census tract info online.

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