The Orville’s travels to continue beyond first season

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Halfway through its freshman season, The Orville, Fox’s ambitious space adventure dramedy created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, is on a hot streak. The show’s seventh episode, which aired Thursday, 26 October, drew 4.2 million viewers and scored a 1.2 rating on the key 18-49 demographic. Its performance also marked a significant increase for both measures – north of 20 percent – compared to its most recent original episode. An uptick in ratings like this is a good indicator that a new series has staying power – an especially important factor when it comes to high-concept, effects-heavy productions like The Orville. Sure enough, the following week, Fox decided to renew the Star Trek-inspired series for a second season.

The Orville is the brainchild of Seth MacFarlane, the man responsible for several popular animated series, including Fox’s Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, in addition to the hit stoner-comedy film Ted.

Named for the 25th-century exploratory spacecraft in which much of the show is set, The Orville follows the personal and professional journeys of Captain Ed Mercer (MacFarlane), his first officer and ex-wife Kelly Grayson (Friday Night Lights’ Adrianne Palicki), and the vessel’s interstellar crew.

“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn, crediting MacFarlane’s patented blend of optimism and humour, as well as the work of the cast and crew, for what’s so far been a strong first season. “We can’t wait to see where The Orville travels in the second.”


What the industry says about US

NBC Universal Global Networks, Central and Eastern Europe

We hebben met Global Listings samengewerkt bij de lancering van nieuwe zenders in Midden- en Oost-Europa, en we zijn zeer content met het niveau van hun dienstverlening, hun snelle reactie op wijzigingen in schema's en hun voortvarendheid in de levering van EPG-content, uitzendschema's en infospecials, altijd ruim op tijd. We zullen zeker weer aan hen denken als we nieuwe markten gaan verkennen! De kanalen van Universal Networks International bieden een rijk geschakeerd aanbod aan het Aziatische publiek. De gestroomlijnde levering van volledige EPG-oplossingen en webcontent door Global Listings zorgt zeker voor een betere kijkervaring.

MultiChoice, Africa

Heel behulpzaam, vriendelijk en flexibel. De schema's worden op tijd en volgens afspraak afgeleverd, volgens onze normen en specificaties. Tegen een zeer redelijke prijs.