The new science fiction series Almost Human was originally supposed to air on Monday, November 4, but Fox decided to delay its series premiere for a few weeks to gain higher ratings for the new TV show. The network set a new date for November 17 and split the two-hour episode in two, with the second installment airing tonight, November 18. It seems that the broadcast network’s strategy worked very well.
As reported by Variety, 9.1 million viewers watched the first hour of Almost Human‘s series premiere last night, with a 3.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen. Fox’s broadcast of the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs game (the Broncos won 27-17) served as a solid lead-in for the show’s debut. The series also defeated its competition, ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
It’s unclear if Almost Human will retain its 9.1 million viewership from last night’s episode to tonight’s airing, but the sci-fi series will have another good pairing with FOX’s popular genre series Sleepy Hollow going forward. Almost Human‘s premiere was more than solid as an introduction to its characters, premise, and world, while at the same time providing heavy action and a compelling enough mystery. The pilot episode ended on a sweet moment between Kennex and Dorian, as it appears that Kennex has accepted the android as an equal. The episode’s writer, J.H. Wyman, threw in a few twists and turns, but overall the new cop drama should be a stable staple for Fox.
Meanwhile, Fox has released three new clips from the second half of Almost Human‘s premiere, which will feature more of the comical dynamic between Kennex and Dorian. It seems that Kennex has no idea how to talk to children, so it’s funny to see that Dorian can step in to be the more human partner. If Almost Human plans to be a successful series, it has to keep their budding relationship at the forefront of each episode. It will be very interesting to see how Kennex and Dorian will learn from each other as the series unfolds.
Tonight’s episode is titled “Skin” and follows a case involving the disappearance of the inventor of “sexbots,” or as some of the characters call them on the show, “bangbots.” How will the second half relate to the first? At the end of last night’s episode, the evidence that Kennex and Dorian were looking for in storage appeared to be one of these sexbots.
Earlier, Fox released another clip from tonight’s episode that features more of the playful banter between Kennex and Dorian. Although Dorian is an android, it seems like the series will make him more human than Kennex when it comes to dealing with emotions and social situations.
Almost Human features Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, and John Larroquette. Did you like last night’s episode of Almost Human? Rate and discuss the TV show here.