Looks like Cosmo Kramer was wrong. People apparently do not want to watch freaks.
The premiere of AMC’s “Freakshow” underwhelmed in the ratings last Thursday, delivering a mere 0.3 adults 18-49 rating with 642,000 viewers. While debuting on Valentine’s Day is not a coveted situation, the impact of the holiday was not great enough to suggest that the series would have been a hit otherwise.
Granted, matters likely could have been helped had “Freakshow” received support from a quality lead-in. Whereas other recent AMC launches had the luxury of debuting after mega-hit “The Walking Dead,” this series’ source of curious eyeballs was “Comic Book Men,” which absolutely flopped in the position.
“Men” delivered a mere 0.2 rating with 397,000 viewers at 9PM, making the situation daunting for the 9:30PM debut of “Freakshow.”