Trust Off To Slow Ratings Start, Barry & The Terror OK

FXs limited seriesTrust, about the abduction in Italy of John Paul Getty III, launched last Sunday with 1.38 million Live+3 viewers, according to Nielsen data released today. That was up +74% from the 797,000, who watched the Simon Beaufoy/Danny Boyle drama in Live+Same Day but way below recent drama/limited premieres on FX. That includes Feud (3.8 million viewers in Live+3), The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (8.3 million), Taboo (3.43 million), Legion (3.27 million) and Snowfall (2.24 million). In FXs target adults 18-49 demographic, Trust drew 422,000 L3 viewers. I cant think of another recent FX drama premiere that has posted L3 18-49 tally under 1 million.

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Also Sunday,HBOs new hit man comedy series Barry opened with 1.01 million viewers. That was a tad above the recent Season 2 premiere of Divorce (966,000 in L3) and doubled the viewership for the Season 2 debut of Crashing (591,000), which has been renewed for a third season. Barry followed the Season 5 premiere of Silicon Valley (1.2 million), showing a solid 83% retention.

Once again, AMCs The Walking Dead was the most watched cable program with 9.85 million viewers, up a fraction from the previous weeks 9.76 million. It was followed by the debut of new AMC series The Terror (4.16 million), which held onto 42% of its massive lead-in but still easily topped anything else on cable Sunday night.

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