FX’s latest series Lights Out premiered to mostly disappointing ratings last night. The boxing drama starring Holt McCallany, which had gotten strong reviews, averaged 1.5 million viewers at 10 PM, 793,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. The audience was a bit below the September premiere of the now-defunct FX dramedy Terriers (1.6 million, 659,000 in 18-49), which at the time marked the lowest-rated drama series debut for FX, though Lights Out did better in the demo. Marketing can’t be blamed for misleading viewers this time – there were no dogs, and the posters made it clear this is a boxing series.
FX has set premiere dates for new drama series Lights Out and returning animated comedy Archer. Lights Out, starring Holt McCallany as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion, will debut on Tuesday, January 11 at 10 PM. The second season of spy spoof Archer will launch on Thursday, January 27 at 10 PM.
FX’s new boxing drama Lights Out won’t premiere until January, but the network has already started airing the first teaser for it. Since the promo skimps on the story to go for an emotional impact, here is a little about the show: It stars Holt McCallany as Patrick “Lights Out” Leary, a retired boxer with pugilistic dementia eyeing a comeback to support his family. Stacy Keach plays his father and former trainer.