FX’s new drama series The Americans delivered the same premiere audience as the first season of American Horror Story (and with a lot less hype).
The Cold War drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys delivered 4.7 million viewers across its premiere airing and two encore telecasts Wednesday night. The first airing had 3.2 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, which ties the series debut of AHS in viewers and did better than the Sons of Anarchy series premiere in the demo. Still, Americans was lower than AHS in among adults 18-49 and arguably owes a debt to AHS — it wouldn’t have performed as strongly if FX wasn’t able to promote it during AHS: Asylum commercial breaks.
“We’re very happy with premiere ratings for The Americans and, just as importantly, we’re proud of the widespread critical acclaim the show has received,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX. “We have no doubt that when we get the Live+7 time-shifted ratings from last night, The Americans will rank among the best series debuts ever on FX.”
FX is coming off of the highest-rated month in its 18-year history thanks to the conclusion of American Horror Story, the return of Justified and comedies Anger Management and Archer.
Still, The Americans were no match for Discovery’s reality hit Moonshiners, which topped all of cable Wednesday night with 3.9 million viewers (and a 1.7 demo rating) for its 10 p.m. telecast.