TBS’ new original comedy series Are We There Yet? got off to a solid start last night, drawing 3.2 million viewers and 1.6 million adults 18-49 for at 9 PM and 3.3 million viewers and 1.7 million adults 18-49 at 9:30 PM. The 9:30 PM episode ranks as ad-supported cable’s top sitcom telecast, original or off-network, year-to-date. While impressive, the numbers fell short from the premieres of the two previous TBS sitcoms, which, like Are We There Yet?, are produced under Debmar-Mercury’s direct-to-series model. Tyler Perry’s House of Payne debuted with 5.8 million viewers in 2007, while Perry’s Meet The Browns premiered with 4.0 million viewers in 2009. Another TBS sitcom, the now-defunct Bill Engvall Show, also debuted higher, drawing 3.9 million viewers in 2007.
Meanwhile, Curb Your Enthusiasm also had a solid launch on TV Guide Network last night, drawing 1.2 million total viewers at 10 PM. The off-network premiere of the HBO comedy delivered triple-digit gains year-over-year in female demos.