Fox’s ‘Gotham’ is off to a solid start after Monday’s series premiere.

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By Sandra Gonzalez2014-09-23 17:03:48 UTC

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham opened strong for the network Monday night, drawing 8 million viewers, according to early ratings figures.

The freshman drama, which follows the adventures of Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) also performed strong in the coveted 18-49 demo, earning a 3.2 rating (meaning 3.2% of the show’s viewers in that age group tuned in).

The number is considered a big win for Fox, as it improves on Bones‘ performance in the timeslot last year — a 39% increase among 18-49ers, in fact — and it was up against ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory.

For their part, TBBT performed extremely well on its new night after being relocated for football, garnering 17.9 million viewers, a lead-in that no doubt helped freshman drama Scorpion grab its 14 million viewers.

Elsewhere on Fox, Sleepy Hollow debuted to 5.5 million viewers, slipping from its finale in the demo by 43%.

A little context for these overnight numbers, however: This year more than ever networks are putting heavy stock in ratings projections, meaning they’re also releasing estimations on how they think DVR viewing will affect their numbers, as delayed viewing can lift ratings by significant margins. Fox, for example, is projecting that once Live+3 numbers are calculated, Gotham will see as much as a 41% lift in the 18-49 demographic, and hopes are that DVR viewing will push Sleepy over last year’s figures.

It’s just the age we live in at work. If you ask us, though, Sleepy Hollow was definitely worth viewing live Monday night.

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