Bastard Executioner Cancelled

Ratings: The Bastard Executioner Premiere Draws 2.1 Million Viewers

FX probably wishes a few more heads had rolled toward Tuesday’s premiere of The Bastard Executioner.

The 14th-century drama from Sons of Anarchy mastermind Kurt Sutter drew 2.1 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, according to TV by the Numbers.

By comparison, Sons’ series finale last December drew 9.3 mil and a 6.1 demo, while the premiere last month of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead drew 10.1 million and a 4.7 rating to rank as the No. 1 series premiere in cable history.

That said, around this time last year, FX ordered second seasons of dramas The Strain, which averaged 2.4 million weekly viewers, and Tyrant, off a 1.5 million freshman finale rating.

TVLine readers gave the Bastard premiere an average grade of “B.”

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  1. d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

    Probably not a lot of people interested in that time period but if it’s good (dvr’d it yet to watch it.) it’ll catch on just like sons did. Also Fear the Walking Dead is on AMC not A&E.

  2. m3rcnate says:

    I watched the pilot…my feelings are….mixed.
    In a TV-scape with dynamic period shows like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Outlander, and so on, this show does NOT stand out. Unlike say Sons of Anarcy which not only brought us an original world (modern biker gang), but gave us characters and actors that grabbed your attention the minute they hit the screen. Charlie Hunnam is 100% dynamic and the second you see him you are invested. The same with Ron Perlman and the rest of the SOA gang cast. The show felt fresh and full of unique, interesting, attention grabbing and memorable characters.
    This show had none of that. The main character has no pizzazz, no flavor, nothing special about him. He came off very generic 35 year old white lead to me. In fact every character felt that way (even though there were a bunch and it was a 2 hour pilot) except the female lead (the Baroness).
    What’s more, I was not impressed at all with this show compared to Vikings. Vikings right off the bat gave us Ragnor…who is one of the most unique & dynamic characters I have ever watched. Then his memorable brother Rollo, then Lagertha the amazing wife and warrioress. Then of course you have your unique characters like Loki and such who are fantastic. The scenery, the battles, everything about Vikings had you excited and in awe. Not the case with Executioner.
    I will give it a few more episodes but so far I am not very entertained. Also bad was the entire pilot was highly predictable.

    • Simon Jester says:

      *Floki. :-)

    • Outlander can not be put in this category for one it came with a following including me who read every book 3 and 4 times!! it is also pretty soft porn and about time travel.. I tried to watch the like Vikings, I couldn’t get into any of the characters and none stood out to me as they did to you. I also never got into SOA so could it possibly be that the shows are Subjective? Or should every person read your review and because you loaded it up with bad examples and character names and believe they won’t like it as opposed to deciding for themselves? smh…

  3. Drewer says:

    Sometimes I feel like its good to premiere a show in the middle of a TV dry spell, but then sometimes I feel like when I’m flooded with the first teasers for all my returning shows and Summer stuff is pittering off you don’t realize stuff is premiering, you want to spend the last few nice weather days outside. It just seemed like a very random time to debut a show to me personally.

  4. Carla Krae says:

    Recorded it to watch on Saturday.

  5. Morgan says:

    I wonder what the production costs for TBX are compared to The Strain and Tyrant. That, I imagine, would factor in greatly when FX needs to make a decision. I also find it odd how little promotion there was for the series. Sutter’s THR cover story was one thing, but even the first season of Sons had a premiere. I don’t think I even saw Katey Sagal booked on one show to promote the new series.

  6. Jared says:

    I tried to watch it but it bored me personally. Im actually surprised 2.1 million viewers tuned in because I didnt see one single promo, interview talking about the premiere. It doesnt help that most reviews ive seen have been mixed to negative.

  7. Et al. says:

    Well, the premiere literally overran into the following day – so maybe dvr numbers will be strong?

  8. J.M. Dason says:

    I really enjoyed TBX. Can’t wait to see watch it again! The man on boy scene caught me off guard, but that’s entertainment.

  9. Ellinaras78 says:

    How does it compare to the premiere of Sons all those years ago? We can’t compare it to the series finale.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      SONS premiered to 2.5 million in 2008.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for asking that question. It’s not fair to compare numbers for a premiere to a series finale. Apples & oranges.

    • Snsetblaze says:

      That’s what I was thinking when I read this. Sons built up over the years. A lot of shows on Cable do. Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, etc. Even the ones FX reviewed don’t have great numbers compared to the finale of Sons. TBX is only a few hundred thousand below The Strain (which I personally could not get past the first episode.)

      TBX drew me in. I had a long day at work and knew the next day was going to be rough so I was going to watch TV for 15 minutes at the most and finish it the next day … and 2 hours later, I was still watching.

      The two-hour premiere starting at 10:00 p.m. EST might have put some people off because it is no longer summer. People have to get up to get the kids off to school.

  10. I really like this show, which surprised me,because of the nature of his “profession” the name I think is unfortunate and may be keeping some people away. I really hope it gets a second season,as one of my shows has already been cancelled thx Fox.. heres hoping we get a second season!1 and that his new crazy wife ends up missing or something drastic!!

  11. BarbSM says:

    I watched all episodes and was drawn into the characters and story. I am sickened that there will be no season 2. Come on people, religion has been misused since it began. Is it not politically correct to show that religion is now being used to justify having people burned, beheaded, or tortured? How sad that the truth now and then cant be portrayed as it was and is without offending someone. Well, they don’t have to watch.
    The acting is superb, and my hats off to Steven Moyer for his transition from True Blood to a more serious role as a villain. His acting was superb.
    This is one of the best series I have ever watched.
    Please rethink the decision not to renew at Fox. .