Prince performing in Kent at the Hop Farm Festival in 2011.
The episode, broadcast after the Super Bowl, was watched by 25.8 million viewers, according to The L.A. Times. Prince and Deschanel's performance of the upbeat 'FALLINLOVE2NIGHT' proved so popular a number of petitions were created requesting the song be released as a single. Prince and his band, 3RDEYEGIRL were happy to obliged and released a full length version of their duet on Friday (15th March).
The famously technophobic and eccentric 'Purple Rain' artist appeared on New Girl in an episode which was broadcast in February. In the episode named for the artist, Jess and Cece (Hannah Simone) are invited to a party at Prince's mansion. Prince offers Jess some sound romantic advice after she reveals Nick (Jake Johnson) has proclaimed his love for her. Nick and the guys attempt to gate crash the party in order to explain himself properly to Jess. In the meantime, Jess has recorded a single with Prince, a short extract of which was shown on the show.
Deschanel's character Jess announced "I think Prince is magic" and Deschanel seems to be as big a fan of Prince as her quirky New Girl character is. Indeed, whilst filming the New Girl episode in January, Deschanel posted an Instagram picture showing her and Johnson sat either side of the 'Girls & Boys' singer.