The Season 5 premiere of Justified last night saw U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens heading to Florida for a case and the debut of Michael Rapaport as the latest bad guy. The heavily promoted return of the Peabody and Emmy-winning FX series also saw 2.84 million viewers watching that all happen. That’s a 21% drop from the 3.59 million who tuned in for the Season 4 opener on January 8, 2013 and the lowest premiere for the series so far in terms of total viewers. Additionally, last night’s Justified had 1.42 million watching among Adults 18-49. That’s down 14% from the 1.65 million in the key demo who tuned in for the Season 4 debut. Having said that, those numbers will likely rise for the DVR-friendly series once Live+7 DVR numbers come in; the Season 4 finale in April 2013 grew 70% from the 2.249 million viewers reported in Live+Same Day to just over 3.82 million in Live+7 results, according to Nielsen. Based on novels by the late great Elmore Leonard, who passed away in August, the Graham Yost-produced series got a fifth-season renewal during the upfronts in March. The series is widely expected to be renewed for a sixth cycle.
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