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‘Abbott Elementary’ Makes History As First ABC Comedy Premiere To Quadruple Ratings Since Debut

‘Abbott Elementary’ Makes History As First ABC Comedy Premiere To Quadruple Ratings Since Debut

The show is just that good!

Abbott Elementary makes history as the first ABC comedy premiere to quadruple its ratings since the original debut, Deadline reports. 

Writer and comedian Quinta Brunson is the creator and genius behind Abbott Elementary, a new hilarious series about a group of dedicated teachers and one quirky principal, set in a Philadelphia public school. Together, the band of educators work hard to navigate the challenges of being at an under-resourced elementary school with mostly minority students, focused on giving them the best possible education despite the circumstances. What comes is a humorous and realistic depiction of the education system and those who work in it that has captured the hearts of viewers.  

The series debuted back in December, earning a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.79 million viewers. Now, after monitoring views across 35 days spanning ABC’s linear and digital platform, the series has shot up 300% in their demographic, earning a 2.4 rating with a whopping 7.1 million total viewers. ABC says this is actually historic, marking the largest growth percentage from live-plus-same-day viewing to multi-platform ratings over the span of 35 days for any new comedy premiere on the network. 

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 airs as a newcomer in the Tuesday primetime slot. The series has consistently performed week after week, maintaining its demo rating weekly and topping its hour since debut. The new comedy has ranked higher than other primetime shows across networks including FBI: International on CBS and Our Kind of People on Fox. 

Brunson took to social media to encourage viewers to tune in for the debut, saying she hopes they “laugh and enjoy.” 


Congratulations Quinta and the entire Abbott Elementary crew! The show is phenomenal!

Abbott Elementary airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC and is currently streaming on Hulu.

Photo Courtesy of ABC/Pamela Littky