The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg and follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, who have two children who know nothing about their parents true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan, an FBI agent working in counter intelligence. The drama series is produced by Dreamworks Television in association with Fox Television Studios and FX Productions and stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys & Noah Emmerich.
“The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. “Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding. The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”
The renewal comes only four weeks into the show’s freshman run and after The Americans ranked as the most-watched debut of any FX series ever with 5.11 million Total Viewers in live+7. Through three weeks, time-shifted viewing of The Americans is the highest of any first-year series on FX with weekly gains of 44%, 58% and 63% respectively. On Live +3 basis through three weeks, the series is averaging 3.63 million Total Viewers and 1.87 million Adults 18-49. After declines in each of the previous two weeks, last night’s fourth episode of The Americans rebounded to week two levels posting gains of 46% in Adults 18-34 and 22% in Adults 18-49.
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