'The People v. O.J. Simpson' Is TV's #1-Rated Show in Coveted Demo

The crime drama co-starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Courtney B. Vance and...Larry King delivers ratings gold.

By Scott Stenholm - Editorial Producer, Larry King Now

For the first two weeks, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story ranked as television’s #1-rated show with the coveted demographics of adults 18-49 and adults 18-34, across all broadcast networks and cable networks programs, according to The Nielsen ratings. The second episode alone had 7.4 million people watching. 

The ratings for the show's third episode have not been announced, but FX expects good returns. The episode, “The Dream Team”, begins with Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) announcing that O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has been charged.  Robert Shapiro (John Travolta) seeks advice from F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane) and comes up with a provocative strategy.  As Shapiro starts putting together “The Dream Team,” he must convince O.J. to hire Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance).  Our very own Larry King makes his first of many appearances on the show. Larry is the only real-life character to play himself on the series. 

FX describes The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story as "a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide."  From executive producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee), The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story co-stars John Travolta and David Schwimmer.  It's based off the book by CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, titled "The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson."  

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has also garnered acclaim from critics and currently ranks #1 of all 2016 series on Metacritic with an average score of 90.  It's also 97% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Two of the show's stars - Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance - recently joined Larry King Now to discuss their roles on the series. Both Sarah Paulson and Marcia Clark are set to come on Larry King Now in different interviews this March. 

Cuba Gooding, Jr. openly discusses the challenges he faced playing disgraced ex-NFL player O.J. Simpson in FX’s ‘American Crime Story'' and why it took him a month to get back in a normal frame of mind following the role.

‘American Crime Story’ star Courtney B. Vance says there is talk about having the second installment of the series deal with hurricane Katrina. Plus, the actor examines why society is fascinated with crime stories.

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