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Ratings: “American Horror Story: Hotel” Endures Another Decline, Cedes Wednesday Crown

FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” suffered another round of live+same-day losses in adults 18-49 and total viewership.

This week’s episode thus set new season lows in both columns.

Per Nielsen cable data, Wednesday’s episode drew a 1.07 adults 18-49 rating and 2.142 million total viewers. Both season lows, the numbers trail the 1.20 rating and 2.310 million viewership mark posted by last week’s episode.

In addition to resulting in a live+same-day season low, this week’s loss also knocked “American Horror Story” from the top spot on the nightly cable chart. “Hotel” typically ranks as Wednesday’s #1 original cable program in A18-49; this week’s episode, however, settled for #2. “South Park” won the night with a 1.12 rating.

While many will dwell on the live+same-day decline, it is worth noting that “Hotel” continues to enjoy massive gains from time-shifted viewership.

And even prior to those DVR gains, “Hotel” still ranks as one of cable television’s top shows. Its live+same-day ratings may be low by its own standard, but they compare very favorably to the rest of television.

“AHS” has already been renewed for a sixth season.

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