The acclaimed crime series “Fargo” returned to FX for its third season last week, and the cable network announced that the show had a strong debut.
The season premiere on Wednesday, April 19, averaged 3 million total viewers in L+3, up 8% from the turnout for the season two premiere.
“On a Live+3 basis, the premiere telecast (4/19/17, 10:00-11:30 PM) delivered 3 million total viewers, an +8% gain over the premiere of the second installment (2.78 million) and +9% over Year Two’s season average ratings (3 million vs. 2.76 million),” FX said in announcing the results. “Adults 18-49 held steady as compared to the previous installment’s premiere (-2%, 1.06 million vs. 1.08 million) and season average ratings (-2%, 1.06 million vs. 1.08 million).”
The announcement notes that “Fargo” was a top five program for the night in several key demos: #4 in Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers (3 million); and #5 in Adults 18-49 (1.06 million).
“Fargo” hails from Peabody-, Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning executive producers Noah Hawley (creator/showrunner/writer/director), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron. The series is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.
“Set in 2010, the third installment of ‘Fargo’ centers on ‘Emmit’ and his slightly younger brother ‘Ray Stussy’ (Ewan McGregor),” FX notes. “Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt — and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge.
Carrie Coon stars as “Gloria Burgle,” the steady chief of the local police department. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, “Nikki Swango.”