After the premiere episodes of both series, overnight ratings have shown FOX’s new X-Men spin-off, The Gifted, drew in a bigger audience than Marvel‘s latest television venture on ABC, Inhumans. While The Gifted reached an audience of 4.9 million, Inhumans pulled in a million fewer viewers with its first episode , which was watched by an audience of 3.9 million. The second episode of Inhumans, which opened on a double bill, saw the audience drop to 3.6 million.
These ratings should not, perhaps, come as a total surprise. Inhumans has been almost universally panned by critics, failing to impress its early audiences. Even initial fan reactions to trailers and promo images were far less favourable than Marvel has been used to. The Gifted, on the other hand, has been met with critical acclaim and has the added advantage of following hot on the heels of the last X-Men television tie-in, Legion, another hit with fans and critics alike.
Perhaps further damaging Inhumans‘ overnight ratings was the fact that it had already been released for a limited run in IMAX theaters. As a result of this cinematic release, many fans may have already seen the show’s opening episodes and not have felt the need to watch them again upon their television release. The IMAX release also meant that more negative reviews and fan responses were being widely circulated ahead of Inhumans‘ premiere airing on ABC, possibly damaging anticipation for the series’ release.
Marvel’s Inhumans stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Iwan Rhoen as Maximus, Ken Leung as Karnak, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton, Sonya Balmores as Auran and Ellen Woglomas as Louise.
“After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.”
Marvel’s Inhumans can be seen Friday nights on ABC at 8pm ET.
The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Here’s the official synopsis:
“THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. REED (Stephen Moyer, SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, “Person of Interest”) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, “Night at the Museum 3”), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent JACE TURNER (Coby Bell, “Burn Notice”). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – ECLIPSE / MARCOS DIAZ (Sean Teale, “Reign”), BLINK / CLARICE FONG (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), POLARIS / LORNA DANE (Emma Dumont, “Aquarius”) and THUNDERBIRD / JOHN PROUDSTAR (Blair Redford, “Satisfaction”) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants. Written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), THE GIFTED is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.”
The Gifted continues next Monday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.