FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Returns to Record Ratings

Fans turned out in big numbers Wednesday for the return of FX’s “American Horror Story,” which set series highs and dominated its broadcast competition in the key young-adult demo.

FX has a policy of not releasing ratings analysis of its series until three days of DVR playback are included, but according to same-night numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” drew a strong 3.11 rating in adults 18-49 (nearly million in this age group) and 6.127 million viewers overall.

This is the third straight year that “American Horror Story” has 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).

“Coven’s” finale in January of this year did a 2.23 demo rating and 4.242 million total viewers.

The 3.11 rating in adults 18-49 towered over the broadcast dramas in the 10 p.m. hour: a 1.7 for CBS’ “Stalker,” and a 1.5 for both ABC’s “Nashville” and NBC’s “Chicago PD.” And among all programs on Wednesday, only ABC’s “Modern Family” fared better (3.6).

 

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