[Vulture] ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ creator on the show’s impressive ratings, how she’s dealt with Eddie Huang’s criticisms

April 24, 2015
"Fresh Off The Boat" creator Nahnatchka Kahn (Photo Credit: Amanda Edwards via Vulture)

“Fresh Off The Boat” creator Nahnatchka Kahn (Photo Credit: Amanda Edwards via Vulture)


Before it premiered last month, “Fresh Off the Boat” was looking like it was going to be the latest in a long line of Critically Admired ABC Comedies With Sub-optimal Nielsen Ratings, such as Happy Endings, Cougar Town, and Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23. The network slotted the show Tuesdays at 8 p.m., opposite ratings juggernauts The Voice and NCIS, and with no established comedies around it to attract audiences. And yet, thanks to those rave reviews and great marketing by ABC — the network aired two episodes on its top-rated Wednesday comedy block before it landed on Tuesday — Boat has more than managed to stay afloat. It’s averaging over 7 million viewers each week and is drawing solid ratings with younger viewers. Season two isn’t assured, but it’s looking more and more likely (despite the misgivings of the real Eddie Huang, whose memoir inspired the fictional Huangs). Vulture caught up with Boat creator/showrunner Nahnatchka Khan to talk about how the series has evolved, what might be in store for a season two, and how she’s been dealing with Huang’s criticisms.