Da! FX Renews The Americans for Season 2

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ta102_121112_174FX has decided The Americans is red-hot, and renewed the retro spy drama for Season 2, just four episodes into its freshman run.

The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up,” FX president John Landgraf said in a statement. “Executive producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding. The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”

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The Americans‘ series premiere emerged as the most-watched debut of any FX series ever, with a Live+7 tally of 5.11 million total viewers, while  TVLIne readers gave it an average grade of “A-.” After two weeks of declines, this week’s Episode 4 rebounded by posting gains of 22 percent in the coveted 18-49 demo and 46 percent in 18-34.

Season 1, airing Wednesdays at 10/9c, has nine episodes remaining, with the finale set for May 1. A marathon of the first five episodes will air next Friday, March 1, starting at 10 pm.

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Comments (55)

  • Yay!! It’s such a good show. Keri and Matthew are great in it.

    Comment by Lena120 – February 21, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, a great show! But what happened to the music after the first episode? The music was amazing then it took a nose dive. I wish the network would go back to the great songs and unique ways they used them!

      Comment by Kris C W – February 28, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are right, the music in the first episode was awesome. With any luck, it will get better again. Still, the show as a whole is very good. My favorite this year.

        Comment by Mike K – March 26, 2013 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Anybody know the name of the first song (had a rather “Russian” sound to it) on the first episode? Loved IT and love the show. Can’t wait for season 2!!!

          Comment by Gingee – May 8, 2013 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • The song with the horns in the first episode is Fleetwood Mac, “Tusk”…not sure if that’s the one you’re talking about.

            Comment by Emily – January 26, 2014 07:16 PM PDT  
      • I totally agree about the music on the show, it was amazing on the first episode . They should more music from that period when the Season 2 resumes .

        Comment by Elroy Pires – May 5, 2013 09:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great show glad it’s getting a second season

    Comment by Jake – February 21, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news! One of the few shows of the whole season that’s actually good!

    Comment by martina – February 21, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I love this show.

    Comment by Luke – February 21, 2013 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes me extremely happy! One of my favorite new shows for sure.

    Comment by Jaime – February 21, 2013 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • EXCELLENT!!!

    Comment by Edith – February 21, 2013 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just watched last night’s episode. It’s really an excellent show.

    Comment by TMW – February 21, 2013 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! It kind of makes my Homeland withdrawal bearable. :)

    Comment by Alienate – February 21, 2013 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love retro shows

    Comment by Olivia – February 21, 2013 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! Great new show, and I definitely want to see more. Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and now The Americans has me tuning into FX at 10pm more and more. Thanks, FX, for bringing us intelligent and riveting drama, along with excellent casting and acting.

    Comment by Elaine Bondra – February 21, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Those are my big three as well. They are sharp, well written, and have depth of characters that you don’t see on the alphabet channels. I remember when cable shows were just fillers for my summers. Now I watch more cable channel shows than those on the old school channels.

      Comment by CKing – February 21, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you, FX! Love you!

    Comment by jimbo – February 21, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This made my day. My favorite new show, without a doubt. Great writing and incredible performances. Thanks, FX, you’ve made the right decision!

    Comment by Stefi – February 21, 2013 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for the renew FX love the show :)

    Comment by Ebay4Ever – February 21, 2013 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BLESS YOU FX! Quality show, quality network. This show is everything I could ask for. By far my fave show since forever.

    Comment by Katie – February 21, 2013 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matt, your “Да” is really cute. Very appreciated in Russia. :)

    Comment by Karoline – February 21, 2013 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • love this program! thanks, FX.

    Comment by darcy's evil twin – February 21, 2013 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Woo Hoo!! Good news. I really like this show.

    Comment by John – February 21, 2013 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very happy!

    Comment by Eliza – February 21, 2013 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excited..and surprised. I actually lived in that era of “Russian Paranoia”..the Hydrogen bomb…shelters. Well acted..a good view of probably what it was like.

    Comment by Jim – February 21, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so ecstatic right now!!! I had just watched this week’s and found myself hoping it would be renewed! Love Keri and Matthew!

    Comment by Starla – February 21, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay!!! Can’t wait for more episodes!

    Comment by LaurenTVEA (@LaurenTVEA) – February 21, 2013 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent news. It’s still early, of course, but The Americans might just be my second favorite FX show, behind only Louie.

    Comment by Superhero – February 21, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now that I know there will be a season 2, I’ll catch up with the marathon next Friday! I love Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys!!! I was just afraid of getting invested in another tv series, just to have it be cancelled a few episodes in (Last Resort)

    Comment by Eric – February 21, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • great news! I didn’t expect to like this show as much as I did and now I’m so hooked. I love it. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have been fantastic!

    Comment by kate – February 21, 2013 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Woo hoo!! love this show!!!

    Comment by Rebecca – February 21, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet ratings rise from here now that people can get invested!!!

    Comment by Doug-H – February 21, 2013 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In Soviet Russia, show renews network!

    Great news. I’m loving this series.

    Comment by Aj – February 21, 2013 10:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good to know I watched the premiere and liked it. Now that I know its going to be renewed I will watch the rest of the ep down the road. I like both actors from felecity and B&S.

    Comment by Brenda – February 21, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please start recapping The Americans!

    Comment by Jan1 – February 21, 2013 10:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • +1000 on this one. Your old site isn’t doing it either. I need to force my inane opinions on people each week!!!!!!

      Comment by Pat D. – February 22, 2013 06:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • agreed! Such an awesome show with an awesome cast deserves a recap, TV LINE! Make it Happen Pleeeeeeease!

        Comment by Rivera – February 22, 2013 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! This is my favorite new show. One of the best aspects of the show is the layered relationship between Philip and Elizabeth. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell have a wonderful chemistry.

    Comment by Dicie – February 22, 2013 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very happy that FX didnt pull another Terriers with this show. There are few things worse on TV than having a multi-year planned storyarc get cancelled after one season. Wait, I take that back–having a multi-year storyline cancelled with one season AND allowing the writers time to create a hasty, contrived ending, ala Last Resort—that is MUCH worse.

    Comment by Pat D. – February 22, 2013 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve actually been most impressed with Matt Rhys on this show. His take on Philip reminds me very much of Roy Dupuis’ creation of Michael Samuelle. Granted, the characters are MUCH different, but the subtle acting approach seems very similar to me—-lots of subtle facial movements and body language rather than say, over-emoting or whatever. I havent quite warmed up to Keri’s character yet, but she took a huge step last week with that vicious, decisive, ice-cold killing of the security guard.

    Comment by Pat D. – February 22, 2013 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had no idea he was a Brit! Hard to believe the guy in the video plays Phillip. What a great actor! Really liking Americans! Glad it is renewed.

    Comment by Luli101 – February 22, 2013 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am loving this show! My husband watched the first episode and said it was slow and I almost didn’t watch the first two last weekend. I’m glad I did! Great cast and great writing. Glad I’m not getting invested for nothing. Had no idea Matthew Rhys was Welsh…he does a fabulous American accent. Keri Russell is really good in this too and I’m not a big fan of her but I’m getting to be. Does John Boy not ever age??? Richard Thomas still looks like he did in the 80′s!

    Comment by GS – February 22, 2013 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fx u need to keep this show on. Its the best thing on tv. Stopped nbc after firing ann curry, their idiots&I don’t like the way they treat their people.

    Comment by ritasimmons – March 2, 2013 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome show–just got done watching the latest episode. F’in so good. Clever and riveting. Keep up the good work

    Comment by Rob – March 6, 2013 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • obsessed. not even words to describe how good :):):) love all the actors. keep up the awesome work ! yay second season !!!

    Comment by abbey – March 26, 2013 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Impressed with the homework the team has done. When the main characters meet in Russia for the first time, one greets the other with “nice to meet you” and the reply is “likewise”. Not an exchange you’d typically hear in English, yet perfect in Russian. This level of attention to detail is so nice to see.

    Comment by Greg Oldham – March 29, 2013 10:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It started a little slow and timid..But has picked up.. it needs to get more involved now that they have a following.. Just like Breaking Bad did..

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