'Fargo' Debut Draws 2.65M Viewers

FX said last night's debut episode of limited series Fargo drew in 2.65 million total viewers and 1.02 million in the 18-49 demograpics, per Nielsen Fast National figures. Over three viewings, the dark comedy posted 4.15 million total viewers and 1.79 million adults in the 18-49 demo.

"We are incredibly proud of the towering creative achievement by Noah Hawley and everyone involved with Fargo,” John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a release. “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.”

The premiere episode, “The Crocodile’s Dilemma,” ran from 10-11:37 p.m. and was repeated twice. FX will air the first episode three more times, tonight at 12:20 a.m. ET/PT; Thursday at 1 a.m. ET/PT and Saturday at 1 a.m. ET/PT. For a Fargo review in Multichannel News, click this link (subscription required).

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