‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Snatches Most-Watched Original FXX Telecast Title

Second episode of new season builds on record ratings from Season 12 premiere

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It turns out it really is always sunny in Philadelphia.

Following its ratings record-setting Season 12 premiere, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” built on that audience this week, with the second episode of the season taking the title of most-watched original FXX telecast from the premiere episode.

Episode two ticked up four percent in the key adults 18-49 demographic (1.18 million vs. 1.14 million) over last week, and six percent in total viewers (1.5 million vs. 1.41 million). Those numbers are on a live-plus-three basis, counting the original airing and viewings in the following three days.

In all, the season’s second episode now represents the most-watched original telecast on FXX in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.

The FX-offshoot network recently renewed “It’s Always Sunny” for a historic Seasons 13 and 14. With Season 14, “It’s Always Sunny” will tie “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” as the longest-running live-action comedy series in television history.

The show follows the misguided dreams and blundered schemes of everyone’s favorite bar owners — The Gang at Paddy’s Pub — Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito). It first premiered on FX on Aug. 4, 2005.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” was created by McElhenney. He also serves as executive producer along with Howerton, Day, Michael Rotenberg, Nick Frenkel, Tom Lofaro, Scott Marder and David Hornsby. The show is produced by FX Productions.