The FX show American Crime Story, a spin-off from the network’s acclaimed horror television series, has broken the current ratings records for the premiere of an original drama. The original premiere of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson earned an impressive 5.1 million viewers. Based on its premiere, Rotten Tomatoes has given the series a 97% approval rating for the season so far.
As we previously mentioned, this is the first season of the American Crime Story series, which is a “criminal” rendition of FX’s award-winning series American Horror Story. Such a response has raised the hopes of both the network and its series producers for future episodes and season renewals. This first season has taken up one of the most sensational criminal hearings in American history. Known as “the trial of the century,” The People v. O.J. Simpson unravels the drama of the 1994-1995 murder trial of the NFL champion, who was accused of killing his wife, Nicole Brown, and the man she was allegedly having an affair with, Ronald Goldman, in their Brentwood, California home.
The trial changed the lives of people across the nation, and was essentially considered for many to be the first-ever “reality show,” as the proceedings were aired live on every television across the U.S. People who witnessed it remember the outbreak of mixed responses when the jury’s verdict declared O.J. Simpson not guilty. The case became a heated topic in every American household—did he or didn’t he do it?—as the country was battling bouts of racial discrimination. This perspective of the trial is what makes the show more receptive among today’s audiences. Perhaps this is why the show has garnered such sensational viewer ratings for a premiere.
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The 10-episode series shows Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, with John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, Courtney B. Vance as lawyer Johnnie Cochran, and David Schwimmer as lawyer and friend Robert Kardashian—Simpson’s defense team. This team’s struggle to get Simpson acquitted is the enticing plot of the season. It also stars Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, the head prosecutor of the case, and Selma Blair in the role of Kardashian’s wife, Kris Jenner.
Don’t miss this amazing cast recreate the intensity in the season’s second episode, titled The Run of His Life, when American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson airs on February 9 on FX.