×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ratings: FX’s ‘Bastard Executioner’ Solid but Unspectacular in Premiere

FX’s medieval drama “The Bastard Executioner,” the much-anticipated Kurt Sutter follow-up to “Sons of Anarchy,” opened to pretty good ratings on Tuesday night.

A better ratings picture will come in “live plus-3” numbers, to be released next week, but Nielsen estimates that “Bastard Executioner” averaged a 0.83 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.12 million viewers overall in same-night viewing. It was the No. 1 cable original of the night in 18-49 and all male demos.

It’s also the No. 2 basic cable series premiere of the summer in the 18-49 demo, behind only AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.”

FX dramas tend to fare especially well in DVR playback, and the 127-minute run time for the “Bastard Executioner” premiere would seem to invite even more time-shifting than usual.

The 0.83 same-day rating in 18-49 puts it ahead of some recent FX drama launches, including “Fargo” (0.80), “Tyrant” (0.61) and “The Bridge” (0.50), but it’s below “The Americans” (1.24) and “Strain” (1.18). “Sons of Anarchy” premiered to a 1.2 rating in 2008, and went on to become the network’s biggest series of all time.

The 14th century-set drama, filmed in Wales by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Prods., stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer and Katey Sagal. It is directed by “Sons of Anarchy” alum Paris Barclay, who joins Sutter, Bryan Grazer and Francie Calfo as executive producers.

See More: ‘Bastard Executioner’s’ Stephen Moyer on the Joy of Playing Evil Characters

More TV

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content