‘People v OJ Simpson’ Is Most Watched New Cable Show of 2016

FX anthology series averages 7.5 million viewers per episode in live-plus-seven ratings

Last Updated: April 12, 2016 @ 4:17 PM

“People v. O.J. Simpson” is officially the most watched new cable show of 2016, FX announced on Tuesday.

The anthology series concluded its 10-episode run last week and already ranks among the top 10 programs in all of television in delivery of the key adults 18-49 demographic.

On a live-plus-seven basis, the first eight episodes of the series are averaging 7.5 million total viewers, 4 million of which are in the key demo. It also ranks as the most-watched new series in FX history.

The series premiere was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX’s 22-year history and, to date, has delivered 17.5 million viewers across all linear and non-linear platforms.

It is cable television’s highest-rated new series this year in total viewers and all key demos and ranks number two in 2016 among all cable series behind only AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

“The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” is a limited series that examines the infamous O.J. Simpson trial through the eyes of the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide.

It is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin. Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk serve as executive producers.

It stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown, Nathan Lane, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson and Bruce Greenwood. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.