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April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Any cable-TV episode that attracts 4.2 million viewers, 1.79 million of whom are in the 18-49 age bracket, is ordinarily considered a solid hit. And several publications, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times acknowledged Fargo as such on Wednesday. “Fargo gets strong start in ratings,” headlined the L.A. newspaper. The New York newpaper said that the spinoff of the Coen Brothers’ movie “got off to a promising start.” But said that “Fargo had a modest debut.” Variety also regarded the ratings as “modest.” New York magazine’s described them as “neither impressive nor disastrous.” Michael Ausillo at called them “so-so.” What the writers who were unimpressed with the show’s ratings may have failed to take into consideration is the fact that the first airing of the show ran from 10:00 p.m. until 11:37 p.m. but still averaged 2.65 million and that two repeats lasting until the wee hours of the morning attracted an additional 1.5 million viewers. The show also outdrew most broadcast TV shows Tuesday night. It’s ratings were higher than the average ratings for ABC or Fox.