'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.

  • Tom

    @ Mike

    Sometimes you have to bring something to the game in order to understand it. The Wikipedia entry for the Bridge states that Detective Cross has Aspergers syndrome. So do a bunch of other online reference.

    Speaking of online references, I was really miffed after another poster on this site informed me half way through the series that the entire backstory to Defiance was online at Defiance dot com. Since the backstory was only vaguely explained on the show itself, I assume that viewers like us might be well advised to research new shows online before they air.

  • Tom

    @ TVMan

    Monk was a campy portrayal a man with obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD sometimes involves extreme repetitive behavior. As Monk demonstrated, such behavior can be made to appear amusing. In contrast, Aspergers is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction. That explains why Detective Cross experience such difficulty in interacting with others. She’s only unintentionally amusing because of her sometimes “odd” behavior. Frankly, I don’t see how you’re going to like this show if you don’t like Detective Cross. It looks like everything in the story revolves around here.

  • Tee

    I love many FX shows, but the title/premise of this one just really doesn’t grab me. Drought of shows to watch during the summer and all.

  • Metal Mickey

    I’ve not seen this yet (saving it for the weekend), but the original Swedish/Danish series it’s based on is superb, and the female star became a cult star in the UK after it was shown last year… they never explicitly stated she had Asperger’s in the original series, it was just assumed that was the case, though it was also a exaggeration of local stereotypes regarding very strict and humourless Swedes, and their more slobbish down-to-Earth Danish neighbours…

  • Dennis

    I’m hoping people realise that Diane K. is supposed to have Asperger’s in this…hence her behavior.

    AMC did it again, another critically acclaimed hit :D
    Congrats to all involved

  • Jack

    i agree with TVMAN. Diane Kruger was the worst of the whole show! I watched 30 Minutes of it and said the HELL WITH IT! Well that’s what i think. And i thought The Killing was a little better than this show. i think Diane Kruger can act more in movies like Inglourious Basterds than this show.

  • rob60990

    “AMC did it again, another critically acclaimed hit”

    Besides the fact that calling it a hit after airing one episode makes you a moron, you don’t even know what channel it aired on. Must have been a great show lmao.

  • PurpleDrazi


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

    Monk didn't have Asperger’s. It's a totally different situation.

    People with Aspergers usually lack the ability to feel empathy or to recognize other people's emotions. (I am generalizing here. Obviously this occurs at different degrees in each person so Diane's character is taken to the extream for dramatic affect.) This is why her Captain had to remind her to make eye contact and why she did such a poor job of expressing sympathy to the husband of the Judge. It's also why she told him before she left his house "I'm sorry if I didn't express enough empathy for your situation." That's likely something she was told by her Captain or Sister or a doctor.

    Monk was OCD. He felt empathy for people but didn't like to be around them because of his obsesive behavior and fear of germs. The fact that he could feel sorry for people is why he helped them most of the time even when he really didn't want too.

    My point is…don't blame it on Diane. If she is being true to the character then she has to act annoying.

    (all that being said, if something is annoying than it is annoying regardless of the reason. I can see why many people would not like her character.)

  • PurpleDrazi

    Bah! Forgot to close my block quote!

  • Theatre of Pain

    The premiere was okay but it seemed to be just another run of the mill crime drama. The female lead is also very annoying with her lack of emotion but it is better than having another wacky, quirky character cluttering up the already overcrowded genre. I almost took it off the DVR but I’m going to give it a couple of more chances to see if it picks up the pace.

  • MichaelChickless

    Why do like more than half of my comments get blocked on this site? I can’t comment in the Thursday ratings article. [IP “blacklisted”]

    Is The Bridge sort of like Monk on the border?

  • Ike

    I wonder if the ratings will dive a lot next week, since many people probably found the main character irritating. She’s supposed to be irritating because she’s autistic and has virtually no social skills, but Kruger’s depiction, at times, lacks the gravitas necessary for a homicide detective. Like with most TV detectives, she seems too young to be working homicide. But most young TV detectives are hot and glamorous, so TV audiences are OK with it. This character’s apparent youth combined with the bizarre voice and autism make for a very strange viewing experience.

    Someone like Melissa Leo could have knocked this out of the park (but of course she already played a realistic murder cop on Homicide: Life on the Street and probably wouldn’t want to do that again). She has more gravitas.

    I’ll keep watching though. The character got less unappealing towards the end of the pilot. I got accustomed to her. And the Mexican cop is interesting.

    I hope the remaining episodes are filmed in El Paso and not in southern California. The pilot was a mix of the two, apparently. California is played out for TV locations and it wouldn’t look right passing for El Paso.

  • Dennis


    Wow referencing another channel by mistake makes me a moron…

    Why don’t you go watch your tween girl drama’s and stop making a fuss

    Bye now

  • Robotwars

    WTF was Kruger even aiming for? Why didn’t somebody tell her to bring it down? It’s not the fact the character has Aspergers that’s the problem, it’s her embarrassing overwrought interpretation of it. They really have to reduce her role if they’re going to make this a hit.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Is The Bridge sort of like Monk on the border?

    No. Not at all. Not even close.

  • Wallaby2012

    It was sheer agony watching this show to give it a chance.

    It is off my DVR.

    Horrible, just plain horrible show.

    The acting is AWFUL.

    It would have been more interesting if they had kept the original story and not made it about mexico.

  • Anthony M

    Thought this show was real good once it got moving. Diane Kruger is a great looking chick with Aspergers…my kind of girl. Gonna be a good series much like The Killing is.

  • Anthony M

    I have met people with Aspergers. She is a bit over the top with it because she is starring in a TV show lol. Most people with this disease are not running homicide investigations where they have to deal with normal people in tragic situations. Monk with his OCD was meant to be funny but this is not meant to be funny she is basically meant to be annoying. I do think they should tone it down a bit but they won’t and I am fine with it.

  • William

    It was no Dexter- but it was ok, i turned it off after 45mintues- will give it another try over the weekend.

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