13 September 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

First things first: Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville” is technically a drama. It is an hour-long show, and that’s just how it works — right, “Orange Is the New Black”? Now that we’ve got that out of the way: “The Orville” just landed broadcast’s best series premiere for a drama since NBC’s “This Is Us” debuted just over a year ago. (We’re excluding post-Super Bowl premieres, by the way, because that’s just unfair.) In time-zone adjusted final Nielsen numbers, MacFarlane’s out-of-this-world vehicle drew a 2.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic on Sunday, and 8.6 million total viewers that night. »

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