How Will 'The Michael J Fox Show' Premiere Tonight? (Poll)

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September 26th, 2013


Michael J Fox returns to TV full time tonight at 9PM on NBC with his self-titled The Michael J Fox Show.  The first few episodes have garnered some critical praise, but will that be enough to get viewers to tune in? Make your predictions for the debut of this new comedy, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • victor Hugo

    1.6 at best

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    The new Michael J Fox show will hit a 6.0 demo tonight in its premier.

    Well, maybe not. Perhaps a 3.1 would be more plausible. But I was talking with my sister a few weeks back, someone who doesn’t really watch *any* TV at all, and even she knew than MJF had a new show upcoming.

  • Greg


    I’m looking forward to this. I hope it crushes Robin Williams, who’s really painful to watch.

  • AllOfHerTw!st


  • ChipL955

    I predict a 5.0.

  • r0ckmypants

    @AllofHerTw!st – Just because people are aware of it doesn’t mean they’re going to watch it.

    I, for one, know that Michael J. Fox has a new show starting tonight. But I’m going to watch The Crazy Ones instead.

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  • Joe Daniels

    It’ll premiere with a 1.7, before falling to 1.3 and 1.1, and then the ultimate cancellation. As much as I think Michael is awesome. I just don’t think the show will do all that well.

  • Steven

    3.0 and settle around a 2.5 I think.

  • Kate

    Well I don’t know about the 18-49 demo but in total viewers I think it will premiere really high. Old people really like Michael J Fox. But I think the premiere will be solid 3.2-3.5 even in the 18-49 (higher if you pull a CBS and say 18-55 lol) – a lot of people have a lot of good will towards MJF and will tune in just to see what happens.

  • Carmen

    It will most likely do very well. . .perhaps even extremely well. . .in its opening episode(s).

    Time, however, will tell if it can hold. There is no doubt at all that a lot of people will tune in to the show because of the MJF factor.

    Many, including myself, will root for the show to be a hit because of MJF. He seems, by all accounts to be a good guy. People have to go in to this show aware, however, that they are not going to be getting Alex P. Keaton. . .or Marty McFly. . .or even Mike Flaherty (the deputy mayor on Spin City).

    Without trying to be mean, they are getting a 53 or so year old guy (out of the precious demo), with Parkinson’s, who has been mostly out of TV for the past 12 years

    Remember that NBC was so desperate at the time they OK’d this show, that they took it on without a pilot or even a premise concept. In short, NBC has thrown up a ‘hail Mary’.

    The show will do well for a time, but then the halo of any sympathy factor will be replaced by the reality of whether the show is any good or not. The jury will be out for 5-6 weeks on this one. I hope it works, but I have reservations.
    But again, it will probably start very strong.

  • Peter

    I expect huge ratings for the Michael J Fox show.
    It’s funny that NBC executives Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke are banking on Michael J. Fox considering that when Gary David Goldberg originally cast him, Brandon Tartikoff didn’t think he was right for Alex Keaton and didnt think he could see Michael J Fox on a lunch box. So, Family Ties became a hit and Fox became a star and sent Tartikoff a lunch box with Foxs picture on it.

    My best guess:

    6.0 demo 17 million.

  • Peter

    Remember CBS brought back Bill Cosby to help save that network.

  • BallsDeep

    Who wants to watch shakes the clown..a guy with parkinsons…on a sitcom


    this show will bomb…maybe do ok cause peeps love a freak show

    but week over week…this will bottom at 1.5 demo and 3 mill viewers


  • Robo

    I would be really shocked if this didn’t crack at least a 3.0. I really hope the show is good.

  • Hobbitual


    MJF is awesome, but I think more people are interested in Robin Williams’ return to TV despite early reviews. So I think the premiere will be decent, but nothing spectacular.

  • Dan S

    I voted 2.6-3.0 but wouldn’t rule it out going higher. Of course how it does in the weeks ahead depends if the show is any good. I personally think Crazy Ones will likely do better in the premiere.

  • kpk001

    Suspect it will be in the mix but competition is too fierce to draw in much more than the low 2’s at best. New Robin William’s show will draw just as many nostolgalites, Grey’s Anatomy is off a cliffhanger, and Glee starts off it’s 3 show mourning block. Also need to consider that BOTH episodes are scheduled to be repeated tomorrow night (assume these won’t count in the numbers).

  • Tommy M.

    This will probably be my toughest guess this year. While MJF brings sitcom star power, it’s on NBC so do those 2 cancel each other out? A good premiere will be 2.5+ and a great premiere will be 3.0+ but I think I’m going to sit out on guessing lol.

  • Jimmy

    Oh NBC Thursday, it’s just impossible to have any faith in you these days.

    I’m going to be cautious and say 2.5.

    I hope to be proved wrong.

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