No-one was quite sure how it would do, but FX’s “American Crime Story: People vs. OJ Simpson” has proven a rare success on all fronts.
Boasting a stellar 90/100 on Metacritic which is the highest for any new show this year, reviews for the season started out strong and have only gotten better. Social media conversation about the series has been off the charts as well. Then there’s the ratings with Variety today reporting that the series has finished as cable’s most-watched new series of 2016.
On a Live+7 basis through the show’s first eight weeks, the series averaged 7.5 million viewers and a 3.15 rating in adults 18-49. The finale closed out with 6.2 million viewers and a 2.6 national rating in Live+3 results. Inclusive of linear and non-linear viewing (ie. on demand) through the first eight episodes, the show has been averaging 12.7 million total viewers each week.
Among all scripted dramas with multiple episodes to have aired this year so far, the show ranks second behind only “The Walking Dead” in the key demo.