In what represents the most-watched series premiere in network history, the first installment of FX’s “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” drew 8.3 million viewers on a live+3 basis.
Approximately 4.2 million fall into the adults 18-49 demographic, which amounts to an adults 18-49 rating of approximately 3.3.
Indicative of a huge DVR lift, the numbers best those drawn on a live+same-day basis (5.1 million viewers, 2.0 A18-49 rating) by 63% and 65%, respectively.
FX’s previous series premiere record for adults 18-49 audience was 3.0 million (“The Shield”). It was 4.8 million for total viewership (also “The Shield”).
— With the first two encores included, “American Crime Story” reached 12 million television viewers (and 6.1 million adults 18-49) on a live+3 basis.