Since its inception, FX has delivered comedies that are quite unlike everything else on TV, and when you think about how long shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer have been on the air, you understand that network prez John Landgraf embraces the curation and development of programming that draws in eager fanbases. The Zach Galifianakis comedy Baskets fits that mold to a T, and Landgraf and Co. are championing the show's buzz and awards-worthiness by ordering up Season 3.
Baskets fans, now is the perfect time to take out your celebratory drink of choice - be it a tangerine Fanta, a Tab, a Pepsi Lime, a New Coke, a Schweppes, or whatever - because there's no further need to put on Pagliacci while worrying about the show's future. That said, even with the critical acclaim, it's not as if any amount of worrying was done in vain.
While FX is capable of drawing big audiences with some of its wild series like Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story, the network has rarely seen its comedy slate drawing the same numbers, which plays into the creation of the laughs-friendly sister network FXX. And so Baskets has only been bringing in an audience that hits right around 500,000 people, give or take, with the Season 1 premiere earning the highest ratings of all the episodes with 1.04 million tuning in. And with that viewership comes a similarly low-hanging rating in the key 18-49 adult demographic. The most recent episode drew in a 0.20 rating, which is pretty meh even by cable standards. But to be fair, the highest demo stats for a scripted fictional show was Nashville's 0.27 rating, though the CMT drama did bring in 1.1 million total viewers, as compared to Baskets' half-million.
There is always room to grow, though, and Baskets has been attracting quite a bit of attention thanks to its big and somewhat surprising win at the last Emmy awards. For his work as the Basket family matriarch Christine, co-star Louie Anderson took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy - in the same year that Jeffrey Tambor win Lead Actor in a Comedy for his work as a transgender matriarch on Amazon's Transparent - so perhaps we can expect to see more accolades like that in the future.
For now, though, we still have more episodes of Baskets Season 2 to get through, so remember to veg out in front of FX on Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. And in the meantime, before we have to start our long wait for Season 3 to get here, hit up our midseason premiere schedule to see what shows are hitting the small screen in the near future.