The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, one of the most buzzed-about series of the winter TV season, was the most-watched original scripted series premiere in FX’s 22-year history. On a Live+3 basis, the premiere episode (Tuesday, February 2, premiere and two encores) of the 10-part limited series drew 12 million Total Viewers and 6.1 million Adults 18-49.
The first run of the premiere episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story posted 8.3 million Total Viewers and 4.2 million Adults 18-49. With that, it beat the series premiere of #2-ranked The Shield (3.0 million) by +40% and #3-ranked American Horror Story: Murder House by +50% (2.8 million) among Adults 18-49; and outdelivered the series premiere of The Shield (4.8 million) by +73% and #3-ranked Justified (4.8 million) by +73% in Total Viewers.
The series returns with an all new episode tonight, Tuesday, February 9, at 10PM on FX: “The Run of His Life.” With O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) missing in the white Bronco, Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) and Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) deal with the fallout, as the D.A.’s office and LAPD scramble to save face and find him. Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; directed by Ryan Murphy.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling Brown, Nathan Lane, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson and Bruce Greenwood. The limited series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. The series has garnered universal acclaim from critics and currently ranks #1 of all series in 2016 on Metacritic with an average score of 90, and is 97% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.