‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Draws Record Audience

American Horror Story: Coven TV Review

More than 5.5 million tune in to bow of 'Coven'

FX’s “American Horror Story” returned Wednesday with the franchise’s largest ever audience, surging about 40% above its opener a year ago.

According to Nielsen, “American Horror Story: Coven” averaged a 3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 5.54 million viewers overall — gains vs. last year’s “Asylum” premiere of 39% in the demo and 44% in total viewers. In 18-49, it easily beat competing broadcast dramas “CSI,” “Nashville” and “Ironside.”

And among all broadcast programs on the night, only ABC’s “Modern Family” (3.8) fared better.

Counting two quickie repeats of its premiere (at 11:12 p.m. and then 1:25 a.m.), “Coven” collected 7.78 million total viewers.

FX said Wednesday’s telecast could emerge as the most-watched program in network history when Live+7 DVR data becomes available.

“AHS” premiered in October 2011 with a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.18 million viewers overall, and then returned a year ago to a series-best 2.2 demo rating and 3.85 million total viewers. “Asylum,” closed with a 1.3 and 2.29 million in January of this year.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are among the cast for this season of “American Horror Story.”

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  1. lorinda says:

    I expected more,almost dozed off! Don’t intend to watch again.

  2. Michael hendy says:

    The best show every!!!!!

  3. I like how all the young Witches are not the Hott teen model CW looking girls. That in and of itself is a plus in my book.

  4. Mary says:

    This American viewer wants to see something other than reality TV shows that require nothing other than people wanting to watch screaming matches, bad manners, rampant consumerism, cases of the “I wants” and nothing in the way of writing from writers apparent in ANY of these shows.

    Give me a well-written, serious show any time that shows talent in the script and thought that went into the proceedings any day of the week!

  5. Just Confused says:

    Great concept: Mysterious New Orleans, Black Magic and Voodoo. Excellent quality Casting. This presses so many primal want-to-see buttons in the American viewer, it’s POSITIVELY scary! Season looks set to SOAR! This could be iconic “golden age” television being made here this year.
    But in the end a show can rise no higher than the scripts. GET SOME WRITERS who can tell a great story. DO THAT and THEN, get off the runway. Ready for take-off. Let’s not crash and burn.

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