The 91-minute premiere of The Bridge on FX on Wednesday drew 3.04 million viewers in its 10 PM airing. That’s a dip from the 3.22 million that The Americans garnered on its January 30 debut on the same night and virtually the same time slot of 10 PM to 11:38 PM. Fast nationals have the heavily promoted drama about a serial killer on the US/Mexican border garnering 1.16 million in the adults 18-49 demo, down from the 1.57 million the 1980s-based spy drama pulled earlier in the year. Over two showings last night, The Bridge pulled in 4.12 million viewers – a scant 2% less than the 4.23 million The Americans got over its debut and first encore.
Adopted from the Euro-series Bron about a bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge stars Diane Kruger as El Paso PD Sonya Cross and Demian Bichir as Marco Ruiz her counterpart from Chihuahua State Police. FX picked up a 13-episode order of the series in February. Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid adapted The Bridge for American television, with Shine America producing. Shine’s Carolyn G. Bernstein and Lars Blomgren of Shine Group’s Filmlance, which co-produced the original series with Denmark’s Nimbus Film, serve as executive producers with the writers. The Bridge is Shine’s first major U.S. scripted series since the 2008 acquisition of Reveille.