FOX’s Gotham Debuts to Nearly 8 Million Viewers

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The ratings are in for the FOX’s Batman-less “Gotham” series premiere, and it looks like the Caped Crusader wasn’t needed after all. According to The Futon Critic, the inaugural hour-long episode took in nearly 8 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49, a strong turnout for a show branded on Batman’s rogues gallery of villains and a pint-sized Bruce Wayne.

That turnout was no doubt aided by stellar reviews, with a 95% critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and an 88% audience approval. With a charismatic lead in the form of Ben McKenzie as Det. James Gordon and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a The Penguin), the prequel series will no doubt be keeping the streets clean of crime for quite awhile.

“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop¬ís rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Also starring Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, David Zayas, and Jada Pinkett Smith, “Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.