Four episodes into its first season, The Americans has been renewed for a 13-episode second season.
FX's 1980s drama, which centers on a pair of KGB spies posing as an American couple, premiered to 3.2 million total viewers on Jan. 31 (that rose to 5.11 million viewers when Live+7 factored in). The Americans sees heavy time-shifted viewing, posting the highest weekly gains of any first-year series on FX. Through three weeks, the show is averaging 3.63 million total viewers and 1.87 million persons 18 to 49, based on Nielsen live +3 data
"The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX's acclaimed drama lineup," said FX president and general manager John Landgraf in a statemen. "Executive producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding."
FX will air the first five episodes of the series back-to-back on March 1.