'Justified' scores FX's second-best series premiere ever

FX’s critically acclaimed Elmore Leonard adaptation Justified premiered to 4.2 million viewers Tuesday, making it the basic cable network’s highest-rated original series debut since The Shield, which was greeted by 4.8 million viewers in 2002. The drama, which stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, was a particular hit with men: In terms of FX premieres, it ranked second behind The Shield among men 18-49; last night, it was TV’s No. 1 program in the demo for the 10 p.m. hour.

FX will run encores of the Justified premiere Friday at 11 p.m. EST and Sunday at 11:30 p.m. EST. Episode 2 airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST.

More Justified:
Ken Tucker’s take on the premiere
Q&A: Timothy Olyphant talks Justified

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  • MommaB

    More Timothy Olyphant – WOOT WOOT!

    • HC

      agreed! He was GREAT! Born for this role!

    • Mells

      I loved it. I am so glad that Tim “Super Hotness” Olyphant got this role!!

    • Trubie

      Tim Olyphant. Yes, have some. Do we have a nickname for him — Olyphine? Olyphoxy? Olyphabulous? He deserves something.

    • Rhonda

      How about Olyphant-astic!

  • WTF

    I would hope that Elmore Leonard would write at least a few scripts for the series.

  • alia

    Nice! Well deserved success for a great show.

  • desperado

    I loved the premiere! Fx has some great TV shows–this one didn’t disappoint!

    • Eric

      I’m not sold on Sons of Anarchy (but I understand that is based on personal taste and not quality), but otherwise I love Nip/Tuck, Archer, Damages, Always Sunny, and I am stoked to watch this on my DVR. Well done, FX.

      • Dede

        Archer is so funny. I loved Sealab and Frisky Dingo, but Archer has already surpassed them. Justified was fan-freaking-tastic! I’ve been morning the end of Deadwood and this is exactly what I was hoping for when I saw the previews.

      • id

        I agree with you, Deadwood was one of a kind. Watch the way Raylon walks, though and you’ll see Seth Bullock gliding through KY the same way he stalked Hearst in SD.

  • TK

    Its no Its always sunny… but still pretty damn good.

    • JL

      I love Always Sunny but how could you even compare the two????

  • Ashton

    Got to love and remain faithful to a show starring Timothy Olyphant!!!

  • sam

    This show is absolutely great and the perfect vehicle for the great Timothy Olyphant, an incredibly sexy and talented actor. I can’t wait for next week.

  • Mal

    Loved it. Love Timothy. Can’t wait to see the next episode!

  • Michele

    Loved everything about this show, I was highly impressed with the premiere, and with Timothy Olyphant. I’m going to watch every week, well done FX. I also adore Always Sunny, and I CANNOT WAIT for Louie!!

  • rua

    Timothy Olyphant is sublime and the show was great, great, great.

  • Georgia Peach

    Loved the premiere…. Timothy did a fantastic job. Justified is on my list as a “Must Watch” Loved it, loved it.

  • Wil

    If it keeps going like it is and keeps getting better, maybe the ratings will even rise? It was pretty good, I’ll be there next week too.

  • jpratm

    awesome show- tim is hot !!!

  • alex

    I thought it was OK…now, it sure is better than a show like white collar, its not quite a burn notice, its not to the level of an alias…

    I just am trying to understand the identity they are shooting for…ill continue to watch but the plot is a bit….ridiculous, and the setting is also…off.

    • Barb

      Such high hopes for the Elmore Leonard connection but i wasnt all that sold on Olifant & thought the actor playing Boyd would have been a more interesting lead – also the sly swipes at religion esp. Christianity are getting tired – not like this is Law and Order

  • Janet Wilkinson

    Loved the program except for language. Tim is perfect for this program. Reminds me of Jim Arnez in Gunsmoke, for those who can remember this! Look forward to next show. Hope this runs for a long time!

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