FX News Double Feature: Fargo’s Ratings and The Americans Renewed


There’s a pair of stories out of FX this morning, and I figured they could both be served up in one feature. First, this week’s Fargo premiere netted more than 4M viewers on FX, which is a pretty strong premiere and a good start for the miniseries.

“We are incredibly proud of the towering creative achievement by Noah Hawley and everyone involved with ‘Fargo,’” John Landgraf, Chief Executive Officer of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a ratings release. “The performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and the entire stellar cast are nothing short of extraordinary. This is truly one of the best shows we’ve ever had on the network. We’re thrilled with the initial viewership last night and really excited for audiences to see the rest of the miniseries.”

It’s not like Fargo really needs to do well to get picked up for another season because it’s a limited run, ten episode miniseries, but it’s good news for both them and FX nonetheless. Hopefully it maintains those sort of numbers, or even picks up steam as time goes on.

Next, The Americans is turning into what might be FX’s next longrunning series. The Cold War spy drama has just been picked up for a third season after performing reasonably well in season two. It only has 1.6M viewers lately, but that’s not bad, and the show is something of a critical hit, as it seems to be improving over time.

Good news all around from FX, and I dare say the network may be replacing AMC from a quality perspective with so many fantastic original series. AMC is about to have The Walking Dead, and not much else.

[Photo via  Chris Large/FX]

Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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