Fox’s ‘Cosmos’ Watched by 8.5 Million Across 10 Networks

Network projects 40 million people will watch worldwide this week

"Cosmos" host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Patrick Eccelsine/FOX)

Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” debut was viewed by 8.5 million people worldwide across 10 networks.

Based on this U.S. Live + Same Day performance and the additional countries in which it will be airing this week, Fox is projecting that the global total audience number for the “Cosmos” premiere this week will be more than 40 million.

On the main Fox broadcast network itself, “Cosmos” received a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, and had 5.8 million viewers.

Also read: Ratings: ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ Debuts Big

“Cosmos” had stiff competition on network and cable TV on Sunday. ABC’s “Resurrection” earned a 3.6 rating in its own debut and 13.6 million viewers. HBO’s “True Detective” finale pulled in 3.5 million viewers. Those shows also went up again AMC’s “Walking Dead,” which had 12.7 million viewers.

In the U.S., the series debuted on Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life. Internationally, the series debut will be available on a total of 220 channels in 181 countries.

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson hosts the reboot of Carl Sagen’s “A Personal Voyage” version from 1980.