The FX network is reporting "heavy traffic" for "The Bridge."
The locally set show, which debuted on July 10, had 3.04 million viewers for the first broadcast at 8 p.m. El Paso time, and 4.12 million for that and the first encore at 9:31 p.m. our time.
That's just 2 percent less than the network's last new drama series, "The Americans," which debuted in January, when viewership is traditionally higher. It drew 4.23 total viewers for its debut and first encore.
Of that 4.12 million, 1.16 million were between the ages of 18 and 49, which is music to the ears of advertisers, according to FX.
"We could not be prouder of this amazing series which has garnered such incredible critical recognition," John Landgraf, FX Networks' CEO, said in a press release.
The series premiere followed an El Paso cop (Diane Kruger) and Chihuahua state cop (Demian Bichir) as they investigated the murders of an El Paso judge and Juarez maquiladora worker, whose body parts were dumped on the Bridge of Americas, appearing as a single body.
It aired a total of four times on July 10.
It was shown again Thursday and Friday, with six more encores at 10:30 a.m. July 13, 11 p.m. July 14 and 15, 10:26 a.m. July 17, 9 p.m. July 26 and 8 p.m Aug. 16. All times are local.
Those times are for FX's HD channel, which is available on Time Warner Cable, Direct TV and the Dish Network.
Local cable viewers who don't have HD channels can catch it on the regular FX channel, which is 46 and 403. It usually airs later on that channel.
Meanwhile, the show has begun airing around the world. It will be shown in 122 countries and in 35 languages, according to the network.
The second episode debuts at 8 p.m. July 17. Lyle Lovett appears as an attorney and at least one other new character will be introduced.
Writer, executive producer and co-creator Elwood Reid didn't comment on the first week numbers, but did offer one observation.
"Next week is crucial," he said via email.