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'Fargo' draws more than 4 million viewers for first episode

'Fargo' TV Show

There was no icy reception for FX's new limited-run series "Fargo."

The 10-part limited series starring Billy Bob Thorton and Colin Hanks drew a combined (original telecast and two encores) 4.15 million total viewers and 1.79 million adults 18-49 for its first installment, titled "The Crocodile's Dilemma."

By comparison, advertising drama "Mad Men" drew 2.3 million viewers Sunday to the premiere of its seventh and final season, network AMC said Monday.

Despite a good amount of blood, four dead bodies and too many "aw jeez" utterances, the first episode of "Fargo" garnered mostly high praise from critics and many viewers.

"All of these characters and all of these stories frequently add up to something handsome, funny, and weird," Slate reviewer Willa Paskin writes of the episode.

In her review, the Los Angeles Times' Mary McNamara called the series an "atmospheric homage that quickly stands on its own nimble feet."

"We are incredibly proud of the towering creative achievement by Noah Hawley and everyone involved with 'Fargo,' " John Landgraf, chief executive officer of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a ratings release.

"This is truly one of the best shows we've ever had on the network," Landgraf added.

The show re-airs midnight tonight and Friday on FX. The second episode premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday.