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.”