FX rolled out a high-profile new drama series Wednesday night, and the show delivered. B&C reports that the premiere of "The Bridge" at 10 p.m. averaged 3.04 million viewers on Wednesday at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen fast nationals.
"That was down slightly from FX’s two most recent drama premieres of ‘The Americans’ (3.22M) in January and ‘American Horror Story’ (3.18M) in 2011," the report notes. "The premiere episode, which ran from 10-11:31 p.m., also delivered 1.16 million adults 18-49, which was also below both ‘Americans’ and ‘AHS.’ Combined with its encore telecast at 11:31 p.m., ‘The Bridge’ netted 4.12 million total viewers, slightly below ‘The Americans” premiere and first replay (‘Americans’ had two replays on its premiere night)."
“The Bridge” stars Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir and comes from "Homeland’s" Meredith Stiehm. To read TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin’s analysis of the show, please click here.
John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions, commented: "We could not be prouder of this amazing series, which has garnered such incredible critical recognition. Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have delivered a rich tapestry of intrigue and passion, and a story fraught with tension and suspense. And we’re so lucky to have Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger, who so convincingly and appealingly embody their roles. We’re grateful to our partners at Shine America and can’t wait for audiences to see what happens next."
Fox International Channels plans a global launch for the show on the heels of the U.S. debut, with the series to air in 122 countries and 35 languages.