The second installment of “American Crime Story” premiered to Wednesday’s top 18-49 rating among cable originals, but it was also down quite a bit from its predecessor.

“ACS: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” drew a 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic, compared to a 2.0 for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The dropoff isn’t a huge surprise given how pervasive the Simpson case was in popular culture compared to the Versace murder. In total viewers, “Versace” (2.22 million) came pretty close to “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (2.48 million).

“Black Ink Crew” (0.7) and “Vikings” (0.5) were both even with last week. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (0.4) and “Grown-ish” (0.4) each rose a tenth of a point, and “If Loving You Is Wrong” held steady at 0.3.

“The Magicians” maintained its 0.3 rating from last week for Syfy but fell just outside the top 25 originals.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE – P FX 10:00 PM 2,222 0.7
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 1,272 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 1,521 0.6
NBA POSTGAME ESPN 10:12 PM 1,313 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,388 0.5
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,150 0.5
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:35 PM 1,051 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME: THE MARTIAN FX 7:00 PM 1,496 0.5
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,567 0.5
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:00 PM 903 0.4
FULL FRONTAL W/SAMANTHA BEE TBS 10:30 PM 1,060 0.4
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,063 0.4
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 10:00 PM 667 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 9:00 PM 1,837 0.4
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 10:00 PM 1,597 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1,559 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:04 AM 650 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,356 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 850 0.3
TOTAL DIVAS E! 9:00 PM 593 0.3
SEE NO EVIL ID 9:00 PM 1,451 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1,502 0.3
LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIFETIME 9:00 PM 785 0.3
LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,473 0.3
FAMILY BY THE TON TLC 10:03 PM 1,001 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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