That said, it was no match for the unveiling of the highly hyped first edition of American Crime Story about the infamous trial 20-plus years ago: Episode 1 drew 5.11 million viewers in Live+Same Day viewing, with 2.5 million adults 18-49 for a 2.0 rating. The Ryan Murphy-directed 80-minute first installment was the most-watched and highest-rated show on all of cable that night.
Wednesday’s finale, appropriately titled “The Verdict,” came in with 1.7 million adults 18-49 for a 1.7 rating in Live+SD.
In overall audience, the season finale episode was edged out by The Donald V. Ted Cruz: Wisconsin Primary on Fox News Channel, during The Kelly File, which last night was hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier covering the incoming results. That clocked 3.34M viewers.
In what is the most-watched drama series debut ever on FX, the ACS anthology series’ opener had been up 92% and 143%, respectively, from the 2.65 million and 1.02 million demo numbers garnered by the April 2014 97-minute premiere of fellow anthology series Fargo. ACS topped the all-time FX drama debut viewership record set by The Shield on March 12, 2002. That Shawn Ryan-created series, which was the cabler’s first original drama, had 4.83 million viewers in Live+Same Day ratings, with a 2.4 rating in 18-49s.