NEW YORK -- Robin Williams has bragging rights over Michael J. Fox in the competition between two sitcom veterans returning to network TV _ with an asterisk.
The Nielsen company said Friday that Williams' new CBS comedy, "The Crazy Ones," debuted before 15.6 million people on Thursday night. It competed directly with "The Michael J. Fox" on NBC, which was seen by 7.2 million people.
Williams had a huge advantage, however. His new sitcom directly followed a new episode of television's most popular comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," which was seen by 19.5 million people. By contrast, the second half hour of "Parks & Recreation" on NBC, which preceded Fox's new show, had less than 3 million viewers.
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