Returning Fox comedies The Mindy Project and New Girl aired their respective third and fourth season premieres last night, but they lost steam with viewers. According to Entertainment Weekly, both premieres dropped significantly in ratings compared to their last season premieres; New Girl dropped 45% with only 3.1 million viewers, while The Mindy Project dropped 32% with 2.8 million viewers – not far off from its season 2 finale of 2.4 million, but significantly less than the season 2 premiere, which drew 4 million viewers. Both shows suffered a weak lead-in this season with the reality program Utopia compared to Dads and Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine last year.
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