'Damages' brings in 3.7 million viewers
The Nielsen jury rendered a mixed verdict for FX’s premiere of the legal drama “Damages” on Tuesday: A respectable 3.7 million total viewers tuned in, but fewer than a third were adults 18-49, the demo to which FX caters.
Starring Glenn Close as a hard-driving attorney, “Damages” beat every other primetime show in basic cable for the night in total viewers, but in adults 18-49 it was off dramatically from the premiere episode of two shows FX bowed earlier this year, “Dirt” (down by 50%) and “The Riches” (down by 53%).
In total viewers, though, “Damages” was even with the “Dirt” premiere and down by only a small fraction from “The Riches.”
It didn’t help “Damages” that the FX premiere of the Jodie Foster movie “Flightplan” proved a disappointing lead-in to the legal skein, averaging only 1.6 million viewers.