It was icky, dark and something bloodier is definitely going on with The Strain, but that seems OK with viewers. FX’s new series based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan pulled in an audience of 2.99 million Sunday night for its 1-hour and 42-minute debut at 10PM. That’s 42% better that the cabler’s most recent other drama debut Tyrant did on its June 24th premiere. Showing good DVR life in Live+3 numbers, the Middle East-based series drew 2.1 million viewers for its initial 1-hour and 22-minute opener that Tuesday night. With the first heavily promoted episode directed by del Toro and EP’d by the Pacific Rim director, Hogan and Carlton Cuse, the vampire drama was also 12% higher in terms of its audience than the 2.65 million viewers that the 97-minute debut of limited series Fargo got on April 15.
The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, played by Corey Stoll, as the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team. Goodweather and his crew are trying to figure out a mysterious viral outbreak that seems to have arrived via a Berlin-originated plane of seemingly dead passengers. That outbreak reveals itself to be a strain of vampirism. While the series hasn’t officially been picked up for a second cycle, Cuse and del Toro have already said that they don’t want The Strain to go more than 5 seasons.