People V OJ Ratings

Ratings: People v. O.J. Marks Best FX Drama Launch Since The Shield

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story on Tuesday night premiered to 5.1 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, marking FX’s highest-rated drama debut since The Shield (which bowed to 4.8 mil and a 2.4 in March 2002).

That said, O.J. stands as the cabler’s most watched series launch, edging out The Shield in Live+Same Day numbers.

For comparison’s sake, American Horror Story: Murder House opened its doors to 3.2 mil and a 1.6 rating, The Americans’ debut spied 3.2 mil/1.2 and Sons of Anarchy did 2.5 mil/1.2. Fargo opened with 2.7 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, The Bastard Executioner premiered to 2.1 mil/0.8 and Tyrant opened with 2.1 mil/0.6.

TVLine’s review gave the dramatization of O.J. Simpson’s trial for a double murder a grade of “B+,” as did our readers in a premiere poll.

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  1. Brian says:

    Well deserved. This was very good.

  2. Hedy S. says:

    I miss The Shield

  3. Ed says:

    out of curiosity I wonder what Nip/Tuck premiered at since you listed the premiere ratings

  4. lululime says:

    I thought Cuba Gooding was great. He really captured that scary, emotional egomaniac part down. And I forgot all about people calling him and him referring to himself as Juice or The Juice. Which, I don’t know why considering but it’s been 20 years!

  5. Lanania Lyons says:

    Best Movie In Years———O J Simpson
    Worst Movie In Years——-The New Grease

  6. Fact Checker says:

    This was NOT, as the headline and article states, the best FX launch since The Shield. In fact, the 6/28/12 launch of Anger Management delivered same-day performances of a 2.5 A18-49 rating with 5,472,000 total viewers.

  7. Bridgette says:

    Actor are on point love this show and how it’s being played out!

  8. Ellen Rudi says:

    It seems that the gloves were a deciding factor in the oj simpson case. Doesn’t anyone realize that leather shrinks after it is wet. Those gloves shrank too much to fit oj.

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