‘American Horror Story’ off to solid start

FX miniseries revamps cast and increases viewership

The second season of FX’s spooky “American Horror Story” got off to a good start Wednesday, drawing 3.8 million viewers and scoring big year-to-year gains.

The 10 p.m. timeslot is working for cable these days, as a handful of dramas are faring better than their broadcast counterparts in the adults 18-49 demo. “American Horror Story” drew 2.7 million in this age group on Wednesday, defeating rookies “Nashville” on ABC and “Chicago Fire” on NBC, and coming in a bit below CBS vet “CSI.”

Compared to the miniseries premiere a year ago, Wednesday’s episode saw a 21% increase in total viewers and 37% in adults 18-49.

Show was deemed a mini by the TV Academy because of the cast overall and new storylines between seasons one and two. Returning to the show are Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto. Gone is Connie Britton, who now stars on “Nashville.”

Show is exec produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear.

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