“Atlanta Robbin’ Season” Premiere Ratings Top “Atlanta’s” Series Debut

Donald Glover-sitcom’s sophomore start is top scripted comedy on basic cable in more than a year

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Turns out, the premiere of “Atlanta Robbin’ Season” was actually higher-rated than the “Atlanta” series debut. The sophomore start for Donald Glover’s FX sitcom was actually the top scripted comedy episode on basic cable in more than a year.

Counting three days worth of delayed viewing, the premiere telecast of “Atlanta Robbin’ Season” scored 1.3 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic — the most for a show of its kind since “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” on Jan. 18, 2017.

That demo sum means the “Robbin’ Season” premiere landed 7 percent more viewers in the key age-range than the “Atlanta” series debut. The two Episode 1s ended up tied in terms of total viewers.

The “Atlanta Robbin’ Season” premiere was the No. 1 show of the night among adults 18-49.

In “Atlanta Robbin’ Season,” two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Earn Marks (Donald Glover) is a young manager trying to get his cousin’s career off the ground. Alfred Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. Darius (Lakeith Lee Stanfield) is Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary. Van (Zazie Beetz) is Earn’s best friend and the mother of Earn’s daughter.

Donald Glover serves as executive producer, along with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle and Stephen Glover. “Atlanta” is produced by FX Productions.

“Atlanta Robbin’ Season” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.