L+SD Ratings: FX’s “Assassination Of Gianni Versace” Sinks In Week Two

“American Crime Story” took a big live+same-day viewership hit.

ACS: Versace | FX Networks

The second installment of “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” drew considerably fewer live+same-day viewers than the premiere.

According to live+same-day data posted by Showbuzz, Wednesday’s episode drew a 0.41 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 1.42 million overall viewers.

The numbers trail the 0.72 rating and 2.22 million viewer mark drawn by last week’s premiere.

The second-week drops (43% in adults 18-49, 36% in total viewership) are more extreme than those endured by “The People v. OJ Simpson” (-23%, -24%).

That show, moreover, started with a much higher baseline audience (over 5 million viewers for the premiere).

Still, this week’s numbers are not bad by cable standards. FX, moreover, publicly dismisses live+same-day ratings in favor of reports that cover delayed/non-linear/multi-platform viewing. Given FX’s audience profile and the performance of past “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” iterations, there is reason to believe “American Crime Story” will fair particularly well under those lenses.

“American Crime Story” was Wednesday’s #8 cable original in adults 18-49.

Written by Brian Cantor

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