Marvel's Inhumans debuted last night to moderate ratings for ABC. The series premiered to 3.8 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, which is down from Last Man Standing / Dr. Ken / Shark Tanks 2-hour block averaged last year (5.4 mil/1.0 and 5.1 mil/1.2). But the show is up from Agents of SHIELD finale (2.1 mil/0.7).
The series will be hard to judge numbers wise since the two-hours that were aired last night was shown in theaters as well and the overall critic reponse was negative. How many viewers didn't tune in because of having seen it already and how much new eye on the show will change the reaction remains to be seen. The on-line response last night was mixed… which is an improvement to the overall negative response to seeing it in the IMAX theaters.
But what aired last night was different. An entire human driven subplot was left out of the theatrical release as was scenes with Maximus preparing for his mutiny. Along with that, some of the scenes were shortened or rearranged. Overall the story flowed better in the television version and I think the initial response would've been kinder had they forgone the IMAX release all together.
That said, the Inhumans tied the CBS combo of MacGuyver and Hawaii Five-O for the night and beat Fox's Hell's Kitchen and The Exorcist combo. Haven't seen NBC's numbers yet.