Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (FX)
The Russians are coming, and they're bringing some impressive ratings.
FX's The Americans, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a pair of KGB spies posing as a married American couple during the 80s, attracted 3.22 million total viewers and 1.57 million adults 18-49 with its premiere Wednesday night. For comparison, the espionage drama did better than this fall's debut of American Horror Story: Asylum in overall viewers, and also bested Sons of Anarchy in the youth demo.
“We’re very happy with premiere ratings for The Americans and, just as importantly, we’re proud of the widespread critical acclaim the show has received,” said FX president John Landgraf. “We have no doubt that when we get the Live+7 time-shifted ratings from last night, The Americans will rank among the best series debuts ever on FX.”
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