Dan Harmons Krapopolis Draws 3.6 Million Viewers as First Scripted Premiere of the Fall, Highest-Rated Comedy Telecast of 2023

After three years of anticipation and two renewals for extra seasons before audiences even got to see the show, Dan Harmon’s adult animated comedy “Krapopolis” finally arrived with two episodes on Fox on Sunday night, bringing a solid audience with it.

An average 3.6 million viewers tuned in to the first episode of “Krapopolis” on Sunday night, according to Live + Same Day data from Nielsen. Titled “All Hail the Goddess of Likability!,” the premiere scored an impressive 1.2 rating among adults aged 18-49.

As is typical, viewership dropped with Episode 2 of “Krapopolis,” which aired directly afterwards. Titled “The Stuperbowl,” the episode drew 1.8 million viewers on average, and a 0.5 among adults 18-49.

The “Krapopolis” premiere benefitted from airing directly after Fox’s telecast of the Kansas City Chiefs-Chicago Bears game. NFL games always offer significant boosts to the programming that succeeds them, and Sunday’s game provided particularly buzzy lead-in: Taylor Swift appeared to cheer on Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who she is rumored to be dating, which caused a frenzy online and may have led to a viewership bump.

“Krapopolis” also benefits from being the first new scripted series of the fall, as the WGA strike (coincidentally nearing its end as of Sunday night) and SAG-AFTRA strike have forced broadcasters to rely largely on unscripted programming and repeats.

This data makes Episode 1 the highest-rated telecast for an original comedy in 2023, beating the 1.0 record previously set by NBC’s “Night Court” reboot in January — though the “Night Court” premiere still had a much higher viewership total with 7.4 million.

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