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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Netted FX Record Ratings, & An O.J. ’30 For 30′ Is Coming In June

EWThe numbers aren’t that surprising, given the pre-publicity surrounding The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but the results are no less significant; the anthology series starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as the former NFL player-turned-convicted felon netted more than 5 million viewers, a record for an FX debut.

Nielsen says the first installment of the miniseries also averaged a 2.0 rating in adults 18–49, which represents 2.481 million viewers. That’s better than the first episode of American Horror Story, which achieved a 1.6 in 2011. 

It shouldn’t be surprising that ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ was a huge ratings hit, but that it set record ratings for a network like FX is pretty crazy. FX is not exactly an unknown network, and for the past 10-15 years, they’ve had some of the best shows on television. It just goes to show you that over 20 years later, people are still fascinated by the ‘trial of the century’. I watched the premiere last night, and even though it’s been covered incessantly by the media, it’s still compelling television. The show is perfectly cast, and the direction and writing are just as good. The O.J. case has so many factors; race, celebrity, domestic abuse – that the media could key in on any aspect of it and the viewing public would eat it up.

What I’m more excited about, though, is that the documentary ‘O.J. Simpson: Made in America’ premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s an 8 hour documentary about O.J. and how race relations affected his life and career both before and after the death of his ex wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman. This 8 hour documentary is being turned into a 5 part ’30 for 30′, which, judging by the reviews on Twitter, is going to be something special.

 

 

 

Since the O.J. saga isn’t going away any time soon, we might as well sit back and enjoy the enthralling content.

-Ryan

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Posted on February 4, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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