‘Justified’ off to strong start

FX drama draws 3.4 million in second-season debut

The return of “Justified” on Wednesday was a boon to FX.

Season-two premiere of Timothy Olyphant starrer drew 3.4 million viewers, a 42% increase from last season’s average. In adults 18-49 demo, it drew 1.74 million viewers, a 47% jump from last season.

Cabler has struggled with its new original series of late. “Terriers,” critically applauded but little seen, was canceled after one season and freshman boxing drama “Lights Out” has been a ratings disappointment.

“Justified,” from Sony Pictures Television and FX Prods., opened to 4.1 million viewers for its series debut in March and 2 million for the first-season finale. With the help of theatrical “Wanted” as a lead-in, FX was tops in the 18-49 demo for all of basic cable.

Showrunner Graham Yost is exec producer with Elmore Leonard, for which the series is based on his short stories. Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Fred Golan and Michael Dinner are also exec producers.

FX won’t launch another drama until July, when the final season of “Rescue Me” debuts. On the comedy side, “Louie” and new series “Wilfred” will roll out in June.

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