'O.J. Simpson' Series Sets FX Ratings Record

FX's The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story set a network ratings record for a series premiere in Live+3 Nielsen ratings, according to network officials.

The Feb. 2 premiere episode of the series, based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, drew 8.3 million viewers, besting the previous recored of 4.8 million viewers set by The Shield and Justified, according to network officials. The episode drew 5.1 million viewers in Nielsen Live+same day ratings.

The 10-episode limited series, which stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, also set a network record among adults 18-49, averaging 4.2 million viewers within the demo. With added replays, the episode drew a total of 12 million viewers.

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