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O.J. Simpson

TV viewers choose Simpson over Madoff in crime stories

In a television competition between notorious criminals, O.J. Simpson topped Bernard Madoff.

The first part of FX's star-studded miniseries on the former football star's murder case and trial became the most-watched scripted series premiere in the network's history, the Nielsen company said.

The "American Crime Story" opener, which stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson and John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, was seen by 12 million people within three days of its premiere. More people watched it either on a time-delayed basis or in one of its two reruns than in its premiere time slot last Tuesday.

It beat "The Shield," which was FX's previous...