Could Matthew Perry’s return to primetime be a successful one this time? If the ratings for the post-Olympics preview are anything to go by, then there’s definitely hope. The special preview of his new comedy Go On did well last night, especially considering how late it was when it hit the air.

After the failure of Perry’s last attempt to break back into television series success, there’s plenty riding on this new series. NBC previewed it after Olympic coverage, which it is also doing with several other new series, and hopefully the interest it generates will mean good numbers when it hits the air officially in the fall. EW says the preview of the premiere drew 16.1 million viewers and carried a 5.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The preview did drop 46 percent from it’s Olympic lead-in, but that’s completely normal. What’s really encouraging is that the viewers remained at 84 percent from the first half of the show to the second.

Of course, this doesn’t guarantee a strong premiere for Go On, but it has to have Perry and the NBC crew feeling pretty hopeful for the show’s future. Certainly the premiere wouldn’t have seen those numbers without the Olympic lead-in, and at least a few of the people who watched are likely to tune in come fall.

Perry has already seen two new series go down, Mr. Sunshine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, so he has to have everything crossed for success this time around. He’s got to be pretty pleased with this news, even if it’s no guarantee of things to come.

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