‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ is FX’s most watched new program premiere since ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

FX announced Friday that the debut episode of “Feud: Bette and Joan” was their most-watched new program premiere since “The People v. O.J. Simpson” last February. Starring Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, the limited series from Ryan Murphy delivered 5.17 million total viewers on Sunday. Something tells us Bette and Joan would be smiling ear to ear knowing they’re still bringing in audiences.

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That number includes Live+3 of the premiere telecast as well as the two encore showings throughout the week. The premiere of “Feud” last Sunday even out-paced fellow FX dramas “Legion” by 16% (3.27 million total viewers) and “Taboo” by 11% (3.43 million total viewers). But none of those are anywhere near the whopping 12 million total viewers earned by “The People v. O.J. Simpson” for its premiere and two encores.

In terms of critical reviews, “Feud” currently has a 91% score at Rotten Tomatoes and an 81 rating on Metacritic. Gold Derby’s readers are also on board with the story of the making of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane,” and you can read some of their raves right here.

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All of this bodes well for “Feud’s” chances at the Emmy Awards, where it hopes to follow in the footsteps of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” which won trophies for Best Limited Series, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Writing. “Feud” already has major contenders in all four acting categories.

If you enjoyed the first episode of “Feud,” you’ll love the second hour. Watch FX’s preview trailer right here for Season 1, Episode 2, titled “The Other Woman.” Read our recap of the series’ first episode, and see how our forum posters responded to the first hour by visiting our notorious TV message boards.

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