These are rare early renewals for FX, which usually waits for comprehensive DVR and VOD data before making these decisions. But both comedies have been breakouts with very strong reviews and, particularly in the case of Atlanta, big early ratings.
Created by and starring Glover, Atlanta focuses on two cousins (Glover and Brian Tyree Henry) who work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Zazie Beetz and Lakeith Stanfield co-star.
The series has been a strong ratings performer for FX, scoring the most-watched basic cable primetime scripted comedy premiere in over three years in the key 18-49 demo. It has built on its premiere audience in virtually all key demos, ranking as the most-watched telecast of a new comedy series in adults 18-49 since April 2014. Episode 3, which aired September 13, was up 23% (1.3 million vs. 1.1 million) over episode 2 among adults 18-49 and increased 16% (1.9 million vs. 1.6 million) among total viewers in Live+3.
Glover serves as executive producer, along with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment. The series is produced by FX Productions.
Better Things stars Adlon as Sam Fox, a single, working actor with no filter raising her three daughters (Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. She’s mom, dad, referee and the cops. Sam also watches out for her mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate, who lives across the street.
Better Things is FX’s most female-driven comedy ever, according to the network. In Live+7, the premiere of Better Things ranks as the second most-watched basic cable comedy series premiere of the year among women 18-34 (behind only FX’s Atlanta), which represented 73% of its adults 18-34 delivery, and #4 in women 18-49, which represented 63% of its adults 18-49 delivery. Better Things received 1.4 million total viewers and 763,000 Adults 18-49 in Live+7.
Adlon serves as executive producer alongside Louis C.K., M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment. Better Things is produced by C.K.’s production company Pig Newton for FX Productions.
“It’s really gratifying to launch two new comedies that have received overwhelming critical acclaim right out of the gate and that are emblematic of FX’s award-winning brand,” said Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “It is clear to us that Atlanta and Better Things have struck a nerve with viewers, which is a credit to Donald Glover’s vision for Atlanta and Pamela Adlon’s vision for Better Things. They, along with their spectacular casts, writers and directors, have created exceptional shows that we are incredibly proud to produce.”