‘American Horror Story’ Renewed After ‘Freak Show’ Premiere is FX’s Most-Watched Telecast Ever

American Horror Story Freak Show Ratings

From “Nip Tuck” to “Sons of Anarchy,” FX has had its share of popular dramas over the years — but none quite as big as “American Horror Story.”

The premiere of the anthology miniseries’ fourth installment has become the most-watched telecast in network history, FX announced on Monday. And as a reward, the net has ordered a 13-episode fifth season of Ryan Murphy’s award-winning show for next fall.

With three days of DVR playback included, last Wednesday’s series premiere of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” surged to all-time highs in total viewers (10 million), adults 18-49 (6.54 million) and adults 18-34 (4.08 million).

It vaulted ahead of previous record holder “Sons of Anarchy,” whose final-season premiere last month garnered 9.25 million total viewers in “live plus-7” ratings, including 6.1 million adults 18-49. The previous high in adults 18-34 was held by “American Horror: Coven.”

What’s perhaps most impressive is that “Freak Show’s” network-record totals were achieved with just three days of time-shifting. Of course, it will only pad these network records with its “live plus-7” averages.

The premiere ratings for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” topped the premiere episode of last year’s third installment of the franchise, “Coven,” by 38% in total viewers (10 million vs. 7.27 million), 29% in Adults 18-49 (6.54 million vs. 5.07 million) and 40% in adults 18-34 (4.08 million vs. 2.92 million).

In live plus same-day, “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” premiere drew a strong 3.11 rating in adults 18-49 (nearly 4 million in this age group) and 6.127 million viewers overall.

This was the third straight year that it had opened to a higher number. The premiere of the “Murder House” season in 2011 did a 1.59 rating and 3.184 million total viewers, and that was followed a year later by “Asylum” (2.20 rating in 18-49, 3.848 million total viewers), and then last year by “Coven” (3.05 rating in 18-49, 5.538 million total viewers).



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  1. so4delish says:

    love this show! Each season is better than the one before. I don’t like the fact that people who haven’t seen it before can just start with a new season since each season is a completely different first time error subject matter. so if you’re not into certain things you don’t have to watch that season. But if you’re interested in Hara creativity and how each seasonsgang. I love how many of the actors I’ve been on one or more seasons. Dylan McDermott should make a return since I did watchI did watch hostages I liked it however horrible ratings so they pulledanother series which I did not watch but I hear it is terrible. Why would you leave American Horror Story? I think the only people who don’t like or approve the show or holy roller bible pusher. I mean I like NCIS & CSI. Do we have to have that basically all have the samejonra an outcome comes? 3 different NCIS: DC,LA …..which in my opinion is the worst andnow New Orleans?

  2. J says:

    Better when it wasn’t so mainstream …to be honest.

  3. R.l. Procter says:

    I know quite a few OLD people who watched as well, but guess we are just “freaks”.

    • nerdrage says:

      Cancel your cable and watch everything on Netflix then. Get out of the ad-supported milieu (I can’t stand watching ads anything) and you’ll get respect because they don’t care if your dollars are over 49 as long as they are still green.

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