All Eyes on Atlanta: Season 2 Premiere Lands Best Ratings of Any Recent Cable Comedy

Brian Tyree Henry and Donald Glover attend the Atlanta season 2 premiere in Atlanta on Feb. 26, 2018.
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If you were busting a gut over “Florida Man” in Atlanta’s season premiere, it turns out you had lots of good company.

Complex reports that the premiere of Atlanta’s season 2, or Robbin’ Season, was seen by 2.7 million total viewers, 1.3 million of whom were in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic. As FX said in a statement, that’s the best ratings of any basic-cable comedy in the past year.


And the cable network says it only anticipates more growth from here. Atlanta’s series premiere last year garnered a similar number of viewers as this year’s, but went on to average around 5.2 million total viewers across all platforms for the entire season.

For perspective, that’s the highest-rated season of any comedy in FX history. The critically acclaimed show about two cousins trying to make good in the Atlanta music scene is also the most decorated comedy the network has ever had—earning several major awards, including a Golden Globe for Donald Glover, the series creator, and two Emmys.

The critical and commercial success of the first season, naturally, left some wondering whether Atlanta had the juice to replicate its early wins.

So far, Robbin’ Season—inspired, Glover says, by the “Tiny Toons” movie How I Spent My Summer Vacation—is living up to the hype.

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