Ratings: Matthew Perry, ‘Go On’ score gold for NBC

Thus far, it looks like NBC and Matthew Perry look like they have some serious reasons to smile about their new tragedy-fueled comedy (yes, that does sound ironic) “Go On” — even if the numbers are not going to be as large as they currently seem.

Overall, the show’s much-anticipated sneak preview following the Olympics Tuesday night drew a 6.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic (higher than any comedy series on NBC posted all of this past season by a huge margin) as well as 18.5 million viewers. Thanks to the Summer Games, the show got the chance to start off with an audience that surely would not have been there had the show started in a regular timeslot.

Thanks to an Olympics overrun, we do expect a rather hefty drop when these ratings are converted later in the day — but even if the show ends up drawing a 5.0 rating, that is still an incredible audience for a comedy starring a man who is still trying to find his next big hit following the end of “Friends.” Reviews have been mostly positive for the show — including our own, where we praised Perry’s ability to combine comedy with darkness for a show that still needs to differentiate itself from being a combination of “Community” and “Anger Management.”

“Go On” will return with NBC for its time period premiere on Tuesday, September 11, where it will get along solid lead-in courtesy of “The Voice.” The network clearly has a great deal of confidence in the show, and there are some great opportunities for comedy here.

Just in case you missed out on the show last night, you can check out a clip below to give you a sense of Perry’s new shtick. What do you think of the ratings, and do you plan on watching this show again?

Photo: NBC

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