Skein, based on characters created by Elmore Leonard, drew 4.1 million viewers to the cabler. Series received a break on the broadcast side as CBS’ “The Good Wife” and NBC’s “Parenthood” are much more femme-skewing while “Justified” is male driven.
“Justified” ranked No. 1 in the adults 18-49 demo, as well adults 18-34. In March 2002, “The Shield” drew 4.8 million viewers in its pilot and aired on the net for seven seasons.
FX has been garnering plenty of ratings success with its testosterone-fueled dramas: The second season of “Sons of Anarchy” was a hit and now “Justified” is looking to be a long-term player. On the comedy side, “The League” — about a fanatical group of fantasy football players — and spy toon “Archer” have been picked up for second seasons as well.
Only current trouble spot for the net is Glenn Close drama “Damages,” which is a hit with critics but has been ratings challenged.
In “Justified,” Olyphant plays a U.S. marshal who is relocated to his Kentucky home and is forced to deal with personalities from his past. Walton Goggins (“The Shield”), Nick Searcy and Jacob Pitts co-star.
Show is from Sony Pictures Television and FX Prods., and is exec produced by Graham Yost, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Leonard and Michael Dinner, who directed the pilot.