One of FX’s biggest franchises is “American Crime Story” and last year, FX released the third instalment, called “Impeachment”, which is a limited series examining the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century. It tells this story through the eyes of the women at the centre of the events: Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) and Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford). All three were thrust into the public spotlight during a time of corrosive partisan rancor, shifting sexual politics and a changing media landscape. The series shows how power lifts some and disposes of others in the halls of our most sacred institutions.
But as more people turn to streaming services for their entertainment, viewing figures on linear television networks have continued to fall and also changed how people not only consume content, but also change “water cooler” discussions.
Recently during an interview with Variety at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour, FX’s John Landgraf, explained how hurt the latest season of “American Crime Story”:
“I think that not being on a streaming platform played to ‘Impeachment’s’ disadvantage. I think that many more people prefer to consume scripted programming on streaming platforms now and it was not on a streaming platform. That was a function of a deal that was made a long time ago with Netflix where they have the subscription video on demand rights, meaning they have the ability to not have us put the show on any streaming platform other than an FX Plus, which no longer exists.”
Landgraf added, that the third instalments linear ratings were in line with previous entries in the series “People v. OJ Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”
Recently, Disney started pulling content from Netflix, including previous seasons of “American Crime Story”. These will be leaving Netflix at the end of February 2022 and it will be interesting to see if this new deal also applies to other instalments of “American Crime Story”.
Did you watch the latest instalment of “American Crime Story”?