"Dirt," FX's peek into the world of tabloid celebrity, continued the cable channel's run of strong ratings for its scripted series.
The series, which stars Courteney Cox (who also executive produces) as the editor of two celeb-driven magazines, drew 3.4 million viewers to its commercial-free premiere Tuesday night. An additional 1.6 million watched a replay immediately following the premiere.
Better than 60 percent of the debut's viewers, 2.4 million, fell into the adults 18-49 demographic, and 1.3 million were in the 18-34 age group. Those numbers are a little above with the most recent season premieres of "The Shield" and "Rescue Me," both of which drew about 3.4 million viewers, and the 18-34 figure is the best ever for a drama premiere on FX.
"Dirt" has received mixed reviews for its depiction of the Hollywood underbelly and Cox's portrayal of Lucy Spiller, the icy editor of magazines Drrt and Now. The show also stars Ian Hart, Josh Stewart, Laura Allen and Jeffrey Nordling.
It's the first of two new FX dramas debuting this year. "The Riches," about married con artists (Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver) who move to suburbia, is scheduled to debut in the spring.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times