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‘Thief’ goes so-so route

FX show pulls in lowest tally for a drama preem to date

The take was modest for “Thief,” FX’s new crime drama, in its Tuesday premiere.

More than 2.5 million viewers tuned in for the 10 p.m. premiere, a solid if unspectacular first showing considering the success FX has enjoyed with drama series. “Thief” pulled in the cabler’s lowest tally for a drama premiere to date, rating behind “The Shield” (4.8 million), “Rescue Me” (4.1 million), “Nip/Tuck” (4.1 million) and “Over There” (3.7 million).

Debut episode posted a 1.1 national rating/3 share and 1.4 million adults 18-49, putting it behind a new episode of “The Real World” (1.3/3, 1.7 million). “Thief” tied in the demo with Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” which aired at 9.

FX execs remain optimistic, pointing out that ratings for “Thief” are on par with the most recent season of “The Shield” (2.8 million overall, 1.8 million in 18-49), which was considered a success by all accounts. Six-episode series starring Andre Braugher as the leader of a vault-robbing team also earned raves from critics.

Elsewhere at FX, “Black.White.” has settled to a respectable 1.6 million viewers 18-49 after a monster debut three weeks ago.