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FX renews `Dirt' and `The Riches'

May 09, 2007|Lynn Smith

FX has given second seasons to both its new dramas, "Dirt" and "The Riches." Each will be picked up for 13 episodes.

The cable channel said the shows' rankings compared favorably with its other popular series, "The Shield" and "Rescue Me," among viewers ages 18 to 49, considered a target demographic for advertisers, in a weekly total.

According to FX figures, the first season of "Dirt," starring Courteney Cox as a tabloid editor, averaged 3.66 million adult viewers, while "The Riches," starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, averaged 3.9 million adults, compared with 3.64 million for "Rescue Me" and 3.65 million for "The Shield." FX's biggest hit is "Nip/Tuck," which averages 5.1 million adult viewers.

Critics were not kind to "Dirt," but "The Riches" fared better.

FX's 2007-08 season will include six original dramas, including the new "Damages," starring Glenn Close.

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