ABC's new comedy-action-musical debuted last night in the time slot normally occupied by Once Upon A Time and did very good numbers. The new series/event played half-hour episodes back-to-back to fill the slot with the first one taking a 2.1 rating and the second a 1.9 among the 18-49 demographic. It brought in 7.88 million viewers with 6.8 million sticking around for the second episode. This is one of the best debuts of a Sunday series or Comedy this year and unlike Black-ish and Marry Me (the higher debuting comedies), Galavant did not have a strong lead in.
As for the show itself, I watched it and enjoyed it and hated ABC. The show is silly and funny in a Mel Brooks kind of way. And you would do well to listen to the song lyrics as they contain some of the best humor that includes the King singing of all the things he wants to do to Galavant like shoot him with a crossbow or stab him in the eye. There is also a nice love ballad at the end of the second episode that contains the message "you're not the worst person ever". And there is a nice Game of Thrones easter egg to boot. Plus, as my girlfriend put it, the best joust ever.
The only negative I have is that the main song for the show was used a bit too much in the first episode and then it was made worse… and this is why I hated ABC last night… when the network decided to use the music and sing all of the promos for their other shows that aired during the episodes. I really could have done without musical bits for The Middle, The Bachelor and Revenge.
Galavant is eight half-hour episodes that will run two each Sunday for four weeks. So if you missed last nights, watch them on-demand or ABC.com so you can pick up on it this Sunday. And you have to applaud ABC for trying something completely different.