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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ Delivers Most-Watched Series Premiere in FX History

12-Million Viewers Based on the Live + 3 Day Data from Nielsen

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” headlined by Cuba Gooding, Jr., David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Selma Blair and John Travolta, opened on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX’s 22-year history. Based on the Live+3 Day data, the premiere episode of the 10-part limited series drew 12 million total viewers and 6.1 million adults 18-49. Excluding second runs, the debut telecast of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” posted 8.3 million total viewers and 4.2 million viewers in the demo.

Comparably, this beat the former record holder in adults 18-49, “The Shield” (3.0 million), by a hefty 40 percent. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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