Ratings: The Americans Spies Strong Debut

The Americans RatingsThe cold war is red hot.

Wednesday’s premiere of FX’s espionage thriller The Americans attracted 3.22 million total viewers and 1.57 million adults 18-49, besting the debuts of American Horror Story in the former category and  Sons of Anarchy in the latter.

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When you factor in the two encore telecasts that followed the premiere, the show drew combined 4.7 million viewers and 2.54 million adults 18-49 for the night.

“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 FX president John Landgraf. “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.”

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16 Comments
  1. Martin says:

    Yes, so happy. Pilot was so good. Both leads were brilliant in it.

  2. Lena120 says:

    Great to hear. I really liked the pilot. Keri and Matthew did great!

  3. valezza says:

    Enjoyed it immensely.

  4. Jen says:

    Great! Finally, one of my new favs won’t be cancelled.

  5. holiday says:

    Matthew rhys is a great welsh actor.

  6. tahina says:

    Will watch it on DVR tonight.. :-)

  7. Mike Henigan says:

    yep will have to catch it OnDemand, already had two shows taping last night :(

  8. Eric says:

    Great job Keri Russell!!! Would love to know how Dallas did on Monday night???

  9. Louis says:

    Dallas didn’t do so good. I think they had like 3.3 million viewers. Last years first ep had like 6.9 mil and the finale had around 4.6. I LOVED THE AMERICANS. KERI RUSSELL IS AMAZING. So is Matthew Rhys. Loved him in Brothers and sisters. I hope it stays on the air for a long time :-)

  10. Louis says:

    I also would like to start a campaign to get Jeniffer Garner on this show. I wanna see Felicity kick Hannah’s ass. Lol.

    • Emma says:

      Jennifer Garner could play a fellow undercover agent from KGB called Irina Derevko/Laura Bristow! That would be Just awesome!!!!!!!!

  11. The Beach says:

    Great show. Having lived through this Cold War era with pay phones instead of cell phones and no tech to speak of, it was kind of a refreshing throw-back. We have .so many high tech shows that it was fun to see a low/no tech one with some excellent acting. (Too bad they had to kill off the blond Russian hottie in the first few minutes though. He was excellent eye candy:)

  12. Louis says:

    @Emma That would be frakkin amazing!!!!!!

  13. Mimi says:

    I think it was a great pilot! Very intense and interesting. At first I hated Elizabeth but by the end of the episode she became one of my fav along with Philips ( Rhys was AMAZING!).

  14. MA says:

    A little late to the party, but this show is absolutely fantastic. The writing, actors, production are all top-notch. And the the twist on who’s the traditionally “feeling” character, how ruthless Elizabeth can be, the relationship between the Elizabeth and Phillip and also with their kids, the spy stuff – It’s all great. Matthew Rhys is new to me, but impressive. Keri Russell is, as usual, brilliant; she has this angelic face, so it’s a shocker when she kicks someone’s head through a wall or beats the crap out of people. She’s also got a great cold stare. And yet, Elizabeth isn’t one-dimensional either. Yeah, she’s fighting for the Soviets, but she’s also scared out of her mind, thrown into this crazy life as a young girl with no life experience. Her entire maturation has been as a spy doing ethically questionable things, and that has all shaped her perspective. Does that make her bad? I love when shows or movies or books ask, “Who are you really? What would you do? How far would you go to protect yourself, your country, your way of life, the people you love? What are their lives worth to you?” And any time a woman gets to kick her rapist’s head into a wall, I’m on board. Hope this show finds a solid audience and stays on the air for many seasons to come!

  15. stan lear says:

    great acting + great script = great show

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