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FX show 'Tyrant' debuts to modest ratings

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FX's new show "Tyrant" debuted to 2.1 million viewers Tuesday (June 24) night, according to Deadline.

While that could be considered a decent start for a Middle East-based drama with no recognizable names in the cast, the ratings for the 82-minute premiere were 20% less than the April launch of "Fargo," which has yet to be renewed for a second season.

"Tyrant" pulled in 775,000 viewers in the adults 18-49 demo, and had a total viewership of 3.45 million viewers for the night across multiple airings with 1.32 million among the key demo. The series also retained 96% of its total audience and 99% of its demo viewers from the first half hour to the episode's last 22 minutes.

The cable network is hoping the show will see ratings growth when DVR figures are factored in such as is the case with its critically acclaimed but modestly rated series "The Americans," "The Bridge" and the aforementioned "Fargo," all of which premiered to higher ratings than "Tyrant."

However, the long delayed drama may be hurt by negative reviews from critics, many of whom panned the series ahead of its debut, with The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan calling it a "halting, strained hodgepodge that ends up being an awkward mixture of bland and offensive," while Alan Sepinwall of labeled it "stodgy and cliched."

The next shows to air on FX include "The Bridge," which returns for Season 2 on July 9, and the series premiere of Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain" on July 13.

"Tyrant" continues Tuesdays at 10/9 p.m. CT on FX.


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