The crew of the Orville are diverted to an emergency where Bortus (Peter Macon) has to head to his home planet for his annual excretory ceremony, “Ja’loja”, for which the first episode of the second season is named.

The Orville, Seth MacFarlane’s science fiction comedy, has returned for a second season.

The first episode of the second season was broadcast Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Live viewership of Seth MacFarlane’s Fox sci-fi dramedy The Orville fell sharply in its second season premiere on Sunday despite the lead-in boost provided from Fox’s NFL coverage earlier in the day, but it still delivered credible numbers. Now that it’s premiered, the show returns to its normal timeslot on Thursday nights

The Orville opened to a 1.5 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers in the Sunday 8 p.m. time slot, according to Nielsen’s live-same-day ratings. Those numbers will grow once delayed viewing is factored in. Fox likes to hedge its bets; in September 2017 Orville also launched on a Sunday with a football lead-in to 8.6 million viewers and 2.8 rating in adults 18-49. 

There is some daylight here, though. The show’s demographics are up 67% in that coveted adults 18-49 segment, compared to the show’s season one finale in December 2017. It’s also up 56% in total viewers over the finale, so it’s got some pretty good audience retention.

I liked the episode better than my distinguished colleague Thaddeus Howze did.

Peter Macon plays Lt. Cmdr Bortus, the Moclan second officer of the Orville.  {image via Fox}
Peter Macon as Lt. Cmdr. Bortus, Second Officer of the Orville

In any divorced couple, one person is usually more divorced than the other, more willing to admit the marriage is over. Captain Ed Mercer {played by the show’s creator/executive producer) admits he still loves his ex-wife, now his first officer, and he isn’t comfortable with her moving on and dating someone else.

The rest of the season should prove interesting, especially if MacFarlane can curb his addiction to sexual innuendo and sophomoric bathroom humor.

What did you think of the return of The Orville? Will you be watching on Thursday nights? Give us your opinion in the Comments section below.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.