FX didn't exactly hit the jackpot with the debut of its new original series,
but it walked away satisfied.
Lucky, a half-hour dark comedy about a down-on-his-luck gambler, premiered Tuesday
to a 2.2 rating with 2.5 million viewers. That's more than double FX's usual
A FX spokesperson said executives were very happy with Lucky's beginning.
Lucky took over the 10 p.m. Tuesday spot where dirty-cop drama The
Shield had been running and averaging a 2.8 rating.
The Shield grabbed a 4.1 rating for its series debut in May 2002 and
followed up with a 3.6 rating for last January's season-two start.
Lucky's Nielsen Media Research marks are in line with ratings for Lifetime Television's original
series, Strong Medicine and The Division, and Sci Fi Channel's new
Tremors: The Series.