Fox’s “The Wanda Sykes Show” debuted opposite “Saturday Night Live’s” highest rated broadcast of the season, yet still managed to hold its own in the timeslot.
Sykes is replacing “MadTV” in the slot as Fox’s alternative to NBC’s veteran sketch show, which hit a season high 5.0 rating with Taylor Swift as host and musical guest.
By comparison, “Wanda Sykes” averaged a 2.2 household rating in Nielsen’s metered-markets from 11 p.m. to midnight, up 16 percent from “MadTV” winter average in the time period and 100 percent higher than the average of Spike Feresten in the slot during January and February, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Note that these are averages and not premieres.)
Sykes also favorably compares to the first Monday episodes of the broadcast season for Conan, Kimmel and Fallon, yet these weren’t premieres either since the shows had already been in originals when the season started.