Justified Series Premiere Ratings

FX’s critically acclaimed new drama Justified got off to a great start Tuesday (10-11:10 PM, 3/16/10) as the series premiere episode posted 4.16 million Total Viewers and 2.04 million Adults 18-49.  Justified recorded 1.42 million Men 18-49, which was the second-highest delivery in that demo ever for a scripted series premiere on basic cable.

Justified’s delivery of Total Viewers and Men 18-49 ranks second all-time for an original series on FX just behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe®  award-winning drama The Shield (4.83 million Total Viewers and 1.74 million Men 18-49; 3/12/02, which pre-dates DVR data).  

Justified ranked #1 for the night in basic cable in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Men 18-49, Men 18-34 (694,000), Adults 25-54 (2.19 million), and Men 25-54 (1.42 million).  Justified also ranked #1 in all of television in the 10 PM time period in delivery of Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, broadcast or cable.

The combination of Justified and its lead-in movie, Live Free or Die Hard, led FX to the top spot in basic cable prime (8-11 PM) in Adults 18-49 (1.33 million), Adults 18-34 (654,000) and Men 18-49 (902,000). The encore airing of the premiere episode (11:10 PM-12:23 AM) notched an additional 1.85 million total viewers and 1.01 million Adults 18-49.  

Top Five FX Series Premieres (000s)
                              Total Viewers                Adults 18-49                Men 18-49
The Shield (3/12/02)     4,827        The Shield        3,037                     The Shield    1,739
Justified (3/16/10)         4,158        The Riches (3/12/07)     2,842        Justified        1,421
Rescue Me (7/21/04)     4,071        Rescue Me        2,516                    Rescue Me    1,341
Over There (7/27/05)    4,062        Over There        2,385                    Over There    1,325
Dirt (1/2/07)        3,744                 Dirt            2,362                           The Riches    1,309

(*Data prior to series premieres of 12/26/05 is based on Live viewing; post 12/27/05 data is Live+Same Day)

FX will run encores of the premiere episode of Justified on Friday, March 19 at 11pm e/p and on Sunday, March 21 at 11:30 pm e/p.  Episode 2, “Riverbrook”, airs next Tuesday, March 23 at 10pm e/p.  Raylan hunts an escaped prisoner who is determined to reunite with his ex-wife…and his stashed fortune.

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