'The Bridge' Premiere Delivers 3.04 Million Total Viewers on FX

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July 11th, 2013


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FX’s Critically Acclaimed New Drama Series Gets Off to a Strong Start

With the Premiere Telecast and First Encore Combining to Deliver 4.12 Million Total Viewers


Bridge Audience Delivery On Par With the Debut of FX’s Most-Recent Drama Series The Americans


The Bridge Set to Premiere Worldwide in 122 Countries



LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2013 – FX’s critically acclaimed new drama series The Bridge got off to a very good start last night as the premiere (10:00-11:31 PM) and first encore telecasts (11:31 PM-1:01 AM) combined to deliver 4.12 million Total Viewers.  The premiere telecast delivered 3.04 million Total Viewers and 1.16 million Adults 18-49.


The audience delivery of The Bridge was on par with the debut of FX’s most recent drama series, The Americans (1/30/13, 10:00-11:38 PM), which posted a combined audience of 4.23 million Total Viewers for its premiere and first encore telecast – a difference of -2%.


“We could not be prouder of this amazing series which has garnered such incredible critical recognition,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.  “Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have delivered a rich tapestry of intrigue and passion, and a story fraught with tension and suspense.  And we’re so lucky to have Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger who so convincingly and appealingly embody their roles. We’re grateful to our partners at Shine America and can’t wait for audiences to see what happens next.”


It is important to note that the Live+Same Day audience for the premiere telecast of The Americans amounted only to 32% of the final 10.0 million Total Viewers delivered by linear telecasts, VOD, and online viewership.


Also by comparison, the HUT/PUT levels in the Wednesday,10:00 PM hour are significantly lower in July than in January (-7% or 8 million fewer Total Viewers, and -11% or 5 million fewer Adults 18-49 [July 2012 vs. Janaury 2013]).


In total FX will air eight additional encore telecasts of the series premiere episode of The Bridge:


  • Thursday, July 11 – Midnight
  • Friday, July 12 – 3:00 AM
  • Saturday, July 13 – 12:30 AM
  • Monday, July15 – 1:00 AM
  • Tuesday, July 16 – 1:00 AM
  • Wednesday, July 17 – 12:26 AM
  • Friday, July 26 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday, August 16 – 10:00 PM


FOX International Channels is a partner on The Bridge and will launch the show globally immediately following the U.S. premiere. The Bridge will premiere in 122 countries across all continents in 35 languages all at the same time.


The Bridge is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions on the US-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso PD must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Marco understands the slippery politics of Mexican law enforcement, and while his police force slowly succumbs to the pressures and demands of the cartel, he’s one of the last good men in the department. He’s charming, but also cunning as he will do whatever it takes to get what he needs. This does not sit well with Sonya, who has Asperger’s and strictly follows rules as well as protocol. Her candid and off-putting personality fuels an unforgiving drive for truth. The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders on the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution.


Based on an international hit series, the pilot for The Bridge was adapted for American television by Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-0).  The Bridge is executive produced by Stiehm and Reid, alongside Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren and Jane Featherstone.  Gerardo Naranjo directed the pilot episode.  The Bridge is a co-production of Shine America and FX Productions.



About FX Networks

FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox, is comprised of FX, FXM, and its newest channel, FXX, which launches on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, which is carried in more than 98 million homes. Its diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, and critically acclaimed new drama The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, Archer and Wilfred. Its library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any commercial television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.  FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in more than 49 million homes.  Its schedule features classic films during the day, and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.  FXX will be carried in more than 72 million homes at launch and its schedule will feature original series, movies, and acquired series.  The channel will be anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, and the critically acclaimed latenight strip, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.  Over the next several years, FX, FXX and FXM will undergo an ambitious programming expansion, with the three networks combining to deliver more than 25 original scripted series.


About Shine America:

Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser, Tabatha Takes Over and The Face, as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats such as MasterChef and Minute to Win It, and scripted series including the new FX drama The Bridge. Shine America has development deals with some of the top producers in television including Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions) and its own unscripted format label in Ardaban, led by the creators of the hit Food Network series Chopped. Shine Latino, a new division of Shine America, is producing and distributing original Spanish-language content to the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces. The global Shine 360? division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit www.shineamerica.com for further information.


About FX Productions

FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, and Legit, and the late night series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, the critically acclaimed drama The Americans, and the critically acclaimed new drama series The Bridge.  FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games. It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio.  FXP has a first-look cable deal with Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and their production company, Touchy Feely Films. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.

  • Californiadgd

    cool story bro!

  • JC

    That’s a 0.9 A18-49 rating for the first airing.

  • Dennis

    Great rating…..It was a brilliant first episode…

    You see folks … THIS is good Television!! :D

    Nevermind fighting about Pretty Little Liars, and Switched at Birth… This is it folks!! :D

  • Sexyman

    Excellent news! The show is great!

  • mike

    Pretty darn good

  • mike

    Hope they maintain the ratings.

  • MichaelChickless

    Is this a series about dental appliances? Oh, wait.

  • James

    I thought the premiere was underwhelming and these ratings are not that good for a premiere. The Americans pilot was much better and it still dropped a lot after its premiere so I wouldn’t be surprised if this show drops a lot for episode 2.

  • rob60990

    It didn’t even crack a 1.0. It’ll sink like The Americans.

  • JC

    For the sake of comparison, here’s what other FX dramas averaged in A18-49 in their most recent seasons:

    Sons of Anarchy 2.3
    American Horror Story 1.4
    Justified 0.9
    The Americans 0.7

    All of those shows got renewed for another season.

  • John A

    Yeah 0.9 a low start. Not that i watch or care anyway.

  • Katie

    I just thought the first episode was just okay. I mean it’s definitely an interesting concept but it kind of dragged on it parts and I got a little bored. I actually almost wanted to turn off because Diane Krugers character was annoying the heck out of me.

  • Tom

    I was pleasantly surprised. Diane Kruger has developed some really impressive acting skills.

  • Marlene

    I really enjoyed it I really like Demian Bichir he’s a great actor there were somemoments where I didint understand Diane’s character, but I enjoyed it I enjoyed the use of spanish eventhough I understood none of it. Guess I shouldn’t have slept through Spanish 101 lol

  • cimmer

    Glad it did well, I really liked it. I wasn’t expecting TWD type ratings, not with the advertising and the type of story but if it can keep up the quality,FX has another ‘winner’ on their hands.

  • Mike

    I tried it and after an hour had to turn it off. That actress was SO annoying and distracting. I get that her character is not a “people person”, but she seemed to be acting like a cyborg or some kind of alien. Everything seemed confusing to her and she moved like she was never on Earth before. Could not get past that.
    Wanted to like the show.

  • Mike

    So I just read online that she is supposed to have Aspergers syndrome, hence her behaviors. But was this ever mentioned in the show or was I so put off by her that I totally missed it?

  • Craigy

    Looks like it skewed old.


    Diane’s character was the worst part about show, and will be throughout season…. It was an O.K episode, I’ll keep watching tho


    Tony Shaloub played an awesome a “not a people person” on Monk. Diane isn’t pulling it off AT ALL.

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