Down 44% in adults 18-49 and more than 50% in total viewers from last year's premiere, "The Bridge" did not open its second season on a high note.
FX’s “The Bridge” did not return to television as a ratings winner.
Wednesday’s second season premiere drew a soft 0.5 adults 18-49 rating with just 1.50 million viewers. Both figures were down significantly from those of the series premiere.
That episode, which kicked off the critically acclaimed show’s run on July 10, 2014, drew a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating with 3.04 million viewers.
Ratings then crashed for the series’ second episode, which drew a 0.5 with 1.74 million. The show largely remained in that territory before closing its inaugural season with a 0.5 rating and 1.43 million viewers on October 2.
While the season two premiere performance is certainly not strong, it is within the rough ballpark of what most season one episodes delivered. If it represents a point at which the show will remain stable for the remainder of the season, it is not tragic.
If, however, the episode was boosted by unsustainable curiosity buzz, things could get troublesome as the season progresses.