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Is 'Fargo' a hit? You betcha!

Posted by: Neal Justin under Behind the scenes, Television Updated: April 16, 2014 - 2:31 PM
Billy Bob Thornton in "Fargo"/photo by Chris Large for FX

Looks like America really did want to return to "Fargo." The Tuesday-night debut of the Minnesota-set series drew 4.5 million viewers, a strong initial number that will only get bigger once time-shifted viewing is counted.

To put it in perspective, the turnout was nearly twice the number that tuned in for the season premiere of "Mad Men" Sunday night.

"We are incredibly pround of the towering creative achievement by Noah Hawley and everyone involved with 'Fargo,'" said FX chief John Landgraf, citing the name of the show's creator. "This is truly one of the best shows we've ever had on the network."

Missed out on all the fun? The first episode will repeat at 11:20 p.m.Wednesday, midnight Thursday and midnight Saturday. A new episode airs next Tuesday at 9 p.m.

In addition to the impressive ratings, "Fargo" was almost universally praised by critics with USA Today (and the Star Tribune, too) giving it four stars.

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