AMC definitely chose a gilded sword to pierce into Tuesday nights and The Night Manager looks to have done been up to the job. In Live + 3 results, the April 19 debut of the Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston starring co-production with the BBC delivered the cabler a total viewership of 1.6 million with 455,000 among adults 18-49 and 554,000 among the 25-54 demo.
In what is the biggest jump an AMC show debut has ever had, that’s a surge of 70% in total viewership over the Live + Same Day audience that the first episode of the Susanne Bier directed 6-part TNM snagged. Looking at the two demos, which also are record breaking jumps percentage-wise, TNM was up 72% over L+SD in the 18-49s and 73% in the 25-54s.
To make a comparison, cable shattering Better Call Saul had a 42% jump in viewership and a 40% and 43% uptick among the respective demos on its February 9, 2015 debut. Fear The Walking Dead rose 33% in total viewers and 36% among the 18-49 demo in the shift from L+SD to L+3 for its August 23, 2015 premiere. The previous L+3 demo lifts record holder was the June 28, 2015 debut of Humans, which went up 52% among the 18-49s and 50% among the 25-54s.
Based on John le Carré’s 1993 novel of the same name, and also starring Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki, The Night Manager is AMC’s first effort in carving out original programming space on a new night. Tuesdays adds to the western themed Saturdays, The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead anchored Sundays and Mondays with Better Call Saul and now the return of Turn tonight for AMC.
Feed The Beast will take over on Tuesdays after TNM wraps up its run. The 10-episode David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess restaurant opening drama premieres on May 31.