FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Sixth Installment

American Horror Story renewed season 6
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American Horror Story” has been renewed by FX for a sixth installment set to debut in 2016, Variety has learned. The upcoming round of the anthology series has yet to land a theme or title.

The renewal comes in the midst of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” the fifth installment of the award-winning phenomenon, which is currently airing Wednesday nights.

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the “American Horror Story” franchise is the most-watched show in FX’s history.

Through four weeks, “American Horror Story: Hotel” was averaging a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, up 7% in the demo and 1% above the scores of “Freak Show” one year ago. It wins its Wednesday timeslot in same-day demo ratings over the broadcast network dramas (“Nashville,” “Chicago PD” and “Code Black”). The Oct. 7 premiere of “Hotel” was the second most-watched telecast in FX history, behind only the premiere of “AHS: Freak Show.”

“With the sixth installment coming next year, ‘American Horror Story’ has unquestionably joined the ranks of television’s landmark series,” John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, said on Tuesday. “From ‘Murder House’ to ‘Hotel,’ AHS has pioneered a new television form as well becoming FX’s highest rated show — while also pushing every conceivable boundary of creative excellence and audacity. This is even more remarkable because Ryan and co-creator Brad Falchuk tear up the playbook every year, challenging the entire creative team to come up with something even more spectacular, frightful and entertaining. You could not ask more of an artist, their team or a series and with every new installment they deliver.”

Murphy — who is also currently behind Fox’s “Scream Queens” and FX’s upcoming OJ Simpson project “American Crime Story” — serves as showrunner, exec producer, writer and director of “AHS: Hotel.” Falchuk serves as exec producer and writer. Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin Woodall are also EPs. 20th Century Fox is the studio.

The current “Hotel” stars Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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  1. Lori Baker says:

    I have loved every season of AHS to varying degrees! I love to see what character each actor will come back as. This season was wonderful for Evan Peters, he was spectacularly gruesome. He new season makes me want to go back and binge-watch an older season and makes me appreciate each one a little more. And I truly appreciate the talent of Sarah Paulson! I think they did a stellar job picking their core cast!

  2. Derek says:

    I like the show. Sure its a little over-the-top sometimes, but I still enjoy it. Besides, every time Mick Garris tries his hand at horror it gets cancelled within the first season. Kudos to RM and BF for keeping the genre going

  3. Joshua says:

    You just gotta love these delusional peasants who think their opinion is above FX’s factual numbers. The show’s a boundary-pushing hit, which is even more impressive because it’s aired so late on a weekday. Just because YOU don’t like it doesn’t mean anything; your opinion is irrelevant.

    Anyways,congrats to a great show & even greater cast! Looking forward to season 6.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      First, I don’t recall anyone insulting you, so where do you get off insulting others?!! :(

      Second, on your point AHS is NOT a hit. The ‘factual numbers” show that.

      As a fan of the show you want to believe the hype, but it’s just that: hype. It’s not backed by real data and all the name calling in the world won’t change that.

  4. Rena Moretti says:

    What a world where “low rated” becomes “landmark” in the minds of the Hollywood decision-makers.

    With the many instant hits, it’s easy to get excited about a show that you can at least get decent ratings for the premieres, but the reality is that AHS doesn’t keep those ratings and is a flop.

    6 years of a flop is a LOT of money wasted.

  5. Mirsadness says:

    Yass Queen !

  6. Nanny Mo says:

    Please be better than season 5, please, please, please….

  7. Sylvain says:

    Is it just me but Hotel has major problems regarding the plot… Ok visually stunning, lavish sets, costumes and talent are great… but did they forget the most important thing: A SCRIPT !
    Hopefully season 6 will focus more on a storyline…

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