The Americans' freshman journey on FX over the past four weeks has been a bumpy rollercoaster ride in the ratings, with enough high points to earn a second season. That’s right, FX has signed on for another round of the spy drama, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich.

The Americans airs on Wednesday evenings and FX announced the news on Thursday, soon after last night’s numbers came in. According to TV Line, John Landgraff, FX’s president, says the show has already become a necessary addition to the lineup.
The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up…The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”

Translation: the ratings have been just good enough that it’s a no-brainer to renew the show. In fact, when The Americans premiered, the show was the highest debuting series on FX, ever. The two subsequent weeks were down quite a bit in the ratings, although DVR seemed to be the culprit. However, last night’s episode posted major gains in both the 18-49 demographic, as well as the 18-34. That’s even before Live+7 ratings have come in. Assumedly, that upward trend was enough for FX to give the renewal order, and the order should be good news for anyone who has been waiting to see how The Americans fares before watching--you can totally feel safe enough to give it a shot, now.

FX’s The Americans airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET. Additionally, TV Line is also noting that a marathon of the first five episodes will air on March 1.

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