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After coming out strong, FX’s new series The Americans suffered a harsh ratings body blow last night. The Eighties-era spy series was down almost 40% Wednesday from its premiere a week ago. The one-hour episode of The Americans fell from 3.22 million overall viewers watching its nearly two hour debut on January 30 to just 1.97 million last night. That’s a drop of 39% from week one to two. Far more than the 23% decline that American Horror Story had the second week of its first season on FX on October 12, 2011. The decline among Adults 18-49 for week two of The Americans was only slightly less harsh. The series fell 32% in the key demo from 1.57 million to 1.07 million. On the other hand, last night’s Americans increased its total viewership 67% from the previous half hour of its movie lead-in of Tron: Legacy. The movie’s overall viewership was also basically half of the previous »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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