FX Greenlights New Season of 'The Americans'

FX will bring back its drama The Americans for a fourth season, the network announced Tuesday.

Through the first five episodes, season three of The Americans is slightly behind season two in total viewers (4.21 million vs. 4.28 million) and adults 18-49 (1.84 million vs. 1.97 million) based on Live+7 Nielsen ratings, but DVR usage for season three  is up 147% in Live+Same Day to Live+7 viewing as opposed to a 124% lift in Season 2 and a 93% lift in Season 1, said network officials.

The Americans concludes its third season April 22.

“Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons," said Nick Grad, copresident of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions in a statement. "The series has cemented it status with critics as television’s best current drama and arguably the best show on TV, and we couldn’t agree more." 

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