New Girl is coming to Netflix starting today. The streaming service and Fox have inked a multi-year deal to bring the network’s highest rated comedy to the subscription-based digital outlet. The first season of the Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV-produced series from creator Liz Meriwether will be available July 1 with subsequent cycles like the recently ended Season 2 to follow after their broadcast season is complete. “New Girl has proven to be the biggest breakout sitcom hit of the season and we are thrilled to be able offer it so quickly to our U.S. subscribers,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are delighted that Netflix viewers will now have the opportunity to enjoy this remarkable comedy. As a leader in digital distribution, Netflix is an important partner for us. We are thrilled to continue building our relationship with them,” added Fox TV Distribution’s EVP Worldwide Pay TV and VOD Gina Brogi.
Debuting on September 20, 2011, New Girl ended up being the 12th highest rated series overall among Adults 18-49 of the 2011-2012 season with a 4.2/11 result. It was the second highest ranking new series of that season among the key demo. With a 3.2/9, the Zooey Deschanel-led ensemble ranked as the 27th highest rated series of the 2012-2013 season among among Adults 18-49 and the eighth highest rated comedy. Unsurprisingly, Fox said on March 4 that New Girl would be back for a third season in the fall.
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