FX’s ‘Fargo’ Debuts Strong With More Than 4 Million Viewers

“This is truly one of the best shows we’ve ever had on the network,” boasts CEO John Landgraf

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

“Fargo,” FX’s new series, did very well for the network.

The 10-part limited series, starring Billy Bob Thorton and Colin Hanks, drew a combined (original telecast and two encores) 4.2 million total viewers. It also garnered 1.8 million viewers in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic for its first installment, titled “The Crocodile’s Dilemma.”

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“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.”

The first-run airing at 10:00 p.m. pulled in 2.7 million total viewers (one million in the key demo).

This week, FX will air three additional encore runs of the premiere episode starting Wednesday, April 16 at 12:20 a.m. The next two airings are set for Thursday, April 17 at 1:00 a.m., and Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 a.m.

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In next Tuesday’s second episode, “The Rooster Prince,” Deputy Solverson (Tolman) begins to suspect that Lester (Freeman) is involved with the murders, but her new boss points her in a different direction. Meanwhile, Malvo (Thornton) investigates the blackmail plot against a man known as the Supermarket King Milos Stavros (Oliver Platt). The episode was written by Noah Hawley and directed by Adam Bernstein.

The original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film features an all-new true crime story and follows a new case and new characters.

“Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.