FX's 'Justified' fires off big numbers in debut

by Joe Flint

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

18 March 2010


LOS ANGELES — “Justified,” the latest testosterone-fueled drama from FX, scored big numbers in its debut Tuesday night.

The show, which stars Timothy Olyphant as a quick-draw U.S. Marshal who returns to his native Kentucky, where some of his old pals are now drug-running white supremacists, drew almost 4.2 million viewers. That makes it the second biggest premiere for an FX show behind “The Shield,” which drew 4.8 million in its 2002 debut.

Most of the audience for “Justified” was adult males. It was basic cable’s top-rated show among all men. That would explain the abundance of beer commercials in the program.

It was also a big night for Oxygen. Its “Bad Girls Club” reunion show scored a record 2.66 million viewers. Of that more than 1 million were in the women 18-34 demographic.

The broadcast networks had an off night, particularly ABC, where “Lost” hit a season low in viewers with just 8.9 million watching.

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