A spinoff of FX’s hit biker drama Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC debuted September 4 and quickly established itself as the most popular new cable TV show of the year so far. Building on the previous show’s property and a largely Latin cast appealing to the underserved Hispanic TV audience, Mayans MC had an audience of 2.8 million adults 18-49, higher than Sons of Anarchy at its 2008 premier.
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The episode was the most-watched drama series premiere on FX since 2016’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” And 19% of the premiere’s viewers were Hispanic (the average for English-language cable scripted series is 10%).
With its record-breaking premiere, “Mayans MC” showed that despite the binge-watching revolution and the rise of streaming services like Netflix (and the cord cutters that have come with them), cable dramas still have a place in television, since there are plenty (literally millions) of people who will watch them live on air.
Critics, however, were less enthusiastic about “Mayans MC,” giving it a 67% score on Rotten Tomatoes (it has an 81% audience score on the site.)
“Mayans MC” airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX.
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