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'Lights Out' takes a beating in low-rated FX premiere

January 12, 2011 |  2:42 pm


"Lights Out," FX's new boxing drama, might need to spend a little more time on the speed bag.

Despite strong reviews, Tuesday's premiere averaged just 1.5 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co.

That's a very low figure within the FX universe. Last year, "Justified" opened to 4.2 million viewers; in 2008, "Sons of Anarchy" premiered to 2.2 million.

But FX has had some bad luck lately with launches. The offbeat crime drama "Terriers," another critical favorite, was yanked last month after struggling with low ratings.

Did you tune in? Why or why not?

-- Scott Collins

Photo: Holt McCallany (left) in FX's "Lights Out." Credit: Frank Ockenfels III / FX