“American Crime Story” is coming to Netflixers around the world. FX and Netflix just inked their first global streaming licensing deal that will put the first season, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” on the streaming service in 2017, with subsequent seasons to follow after they’ve run on linear TV.
The seasons will be available everywhere Netflix is — including the U.S. — no doubt putting a decent chunk of change into the pockets of 21st Century Fox, which owns “ACS” producers Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
“We’re excited to evolve our relationship with Fox and to bring their lauded content to our members around the world,” said Sean Carey, Netflix’s vice president of global television. “Given the popularity of the first season of ‘American Crime Story,’ we are thrilled to offer this acclaimed drama series to our members.”
The first season of “ACS” did indeed prove quite popular in its TV run: It’s the most-watched new series on cable thus far this year, garnering an average seven-day audience of 7.5 million, with a 3.15 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. It also garnered a whopping 22 Emmy nominations.
FX has occasionally been a little gun-shy when it comes to handing rights over to the streaming giant; the U.S. streaming rights to several series have gone to Amazon or Hulu. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf wasn’t overly fond of Netflix’s tendency to strip the channel branding from the shows put on its service — which is why you’ll see “FX Presents” in the title sequence of every FX series — and Netflix’s lack of transparency regarding viewership has proved frustrating for many a media company CEO.
Season 2 of “American Crime Story” will focus on Hurricane Katrina and premiere on FX in 2017.