The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX’s 22-year history, the network said. The premiere episode Feb. 2, with a pair of encores, drew 12 million total viewers on a live-plus-3 basis, and 6.1 million in adults 18-49.
The first-run showing posted 8.3 million total viewers and 4.2 million adults 18-49. With that, it beat the series premieres of The Shield (3.0 million) and American Horror Story: Murder House (2.8 million) among adults 18-49; and outdelivered the series premiere of The Shield and Justified (both 4.8 million) in total viewers.
The People v. O.J. Simpson returns Feb. 9. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
Executive Producers are Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk; the cast includes John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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