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.

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