The FX network debuted its new show The Bridge on Wednesday night, and it drew in 3 million total viewers. Based on those numbers, the show premiered just behind the network’s hit series The Americans, which debut in January.
According to Nielsen, The Bridge, which premiered at 10 pm, pulled in 3.04 million total viewers. The Americans, for comparison’s sake, drew in 3.22 million users.
In the all important 18-49 demographic, The Bridge scored 1.16 million viewers compared again to The Americans, which featured 1.57 million viewers in the same demo.
FX quickly offered two encore broadcasts, which pushed the total number of viewers for the new show to 4.12 million total viewers.
Here is IMDB’s synopsis for the FX series:
“Two detectives, from the USA and Mexico, must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border.”
The show is based off a Scandinavian series. The US version of the show was adapted by Homeland’s Meredith Stiehm and Hawaii Five-O’s Elwood Reed.
The show is also executive produced by Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren, and Jane Featherstone.
Speaking about The Bridge and its 3 million debut viewers, John Landgraf — CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions — said:
“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.”
Did you watch The Bridge premiere? If you watched the show, do you plan on continuing to watch the series as it plays out for the rest of its first season?