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FX’s “Fargo” Premiere Ratings Trail “Americans,” “Bridge” Openers

Labeled a “strong debut” by FX, Tuesday’s premiere of the ten-part “Fargo” miniseries garnered a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating with 2.65 million viewers.

Indeed solid for the cable landscape, the premiere’s performance trails that of recent FX drama launches “The Americans” and “The Bridge.” The former opened to a 1.2 rating with 3.22 million viewers in January 2013. The latter kicked off its run with a 0.9 rating and 3.04 million viewers.

With data from the two immediate encores included, the first “Fargo” episode reached 4.15 million viewers. 1.79 million fell in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic (amounting to a 1.4 rating).

“We are incredibly proud of the towering creative achievement by Noah Hawley and everyone involved with Fargo,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “The performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and the entire stellar cast are nothing short of extraordinary. This is truly one of the best shows we’ve ever had on the network. We’re thrilled with the initial viewership last night and really excited for audiences to see the rest of the miniseries.”

Written by Brian Cantor

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