In spite of what some fans had to say on Twitter about Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' last week, the third season of the buddy cop show is off to a great start! The all-new 'Lethal Weapon', scored a steep rise in ratings on Tuesday. It secured a 59% increase in the 18-49 demographic and upped its views from 0.8 million to 1.3 million. Overall, the premiere had 3.4 million views which is a much higher number than last season's finale featuring Clayne Crawford.
The show has switched up the cop game this season by adding Seann William Scott to its star-studded cast and clearly, it's working for them. Seann plays the role of Detective Wesley Cole - an ex CIA agent who is trying to adjust to his new life in LA after a war stint in Syria. After Clayne's unfortunate (read messy) exit last season, American Pie's Scott was brought in as a replacement.
While the fan outrage is understandable - Clayne's character Martin Riggs had its own appeal. Cole's character, however, is undeniably refreshing - a break from the alcoholic, chaotic, problematic dude with a golden heart we were used to. The show has finally given Roger a partner he truly deserves. Their chemistry is palpable but not in the Murtaugh-Riggs way. It's more like someone Trish would totally approve of. It was definitely a great idea to turn things around for the replacement character and make him totally model and up with the times.
We're beyond ready for scenes between Trish and Cole! 🙌 #BehindTheScenes #LethalWeapon pic.twitter.com/RxvcSqsRce— Lethal Weapon (@LethalWeaponFOX) September 30, 2018
Initially, we were pretty skeptic about the change as much as the next fan, but Scott has laid all doubts to rest. He was fantastic in the season premiere and although fan opinions seemed divided, the show is clearly doing well. Fox is taking a different turn with 'Lethal Weapon' this season and it seems to be working so far. A rise in numbers could also kindle hope that the show will be coming back for another season if this success continues. It is, after all, one of Fox's biggest crowd pullers. Although the show's viewership report isn't as great as it's debut season, this season is definitely catching up and is off to a great start. Here's hoping they stay afloat!
The comedy-crime drama is developed by Matt Miller who also serves as showrunner. It is based on the franchise of the same name created by Shane Black. Along with Scott, the show also stars Damon Wayans, Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Johnathan Fernandez, Chandler Kinney, Dante Brown, Michelle Mitchenor and Maggie Lawson.
'Lethal Weapon' airs every Tuesday, at 9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.