A new series on FX is chalking up some of the best viewer numbers the cable network has seen in some time — although they’re still not close to the turnout for last year’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Variety reports that Sunday’s premiere of “Feud: Bette and Joan,” examining the legendary rivalry between two strong-willed actresses in Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, delivered 3.8 million total viewers in Nielsen’s L+3 data to rank as the network’s highest new series premiere since the O.J. series.
That number topped a couple of other recent high-profile series premieres on FX — “Legion” (3.27 million) and “Taboo” (3.43 million). But “Feud” is still a bit player compared with “O.J.”
“’Feud’ delivered 5.17 million viewers in L3 in total with two encore telecasts factored in,” Variety notes. “That compared to 12 million for the premiere and two repeats for ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ on Feb. 2, 2016. Both shows come from the Ryan Murphy Productions shop.”
“Feud,” which stars Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis, continues its eight-episode season this Sunday, March 12, on FX.