AMC’s “Freakshow” Premieres to Weak Ratings, “Comic Book Men” Worse

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.”

Written by Brian Cantor

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