As of press time, FX is only in possession of Live+3 ratings data for the premiere of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
That is all it needs to declare the episode the most-watched episode in the history of FX.
Noting that the show’s Live+3 numbers exceed the Live+7 numbers for any other telecast, FX boasts that “AHS” drew a record 10 million total viewers and 6.54 million adults 18-49 viewers. Collectively, the numbers exceed the Live+7 performance of the latest “Sons of Anarchy” season premiere, which held the previous records of 9.25 million viewers and 6.1 million adults 18-49 viewers.
As a result, FX has wasted no time ordering a fifth season of “AHS.” To premiere next fall, it will feature thirteen episodes.
“The American Horror Story anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition,” said FX’s John Landgraf. “With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear at the helm, the show’s success is not surprising. AHS continues to deliver amazing stories, a brilliant troupe of actors led by Jessica Lange, and a visual style unlike any other on TV. With Nip/Tuck, Glee, The Normal Heart, and American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy has established himself as one of the most successful and prolific producers of this generation. We expect AHS: Freak Show and the next incarnation of AHS to further his legacy.”
The month has been a great one for the team behind “AHS.” Last week, FX ordered a spin-off series entitled “American Crime Story.” The show, which will tackle real-life crime stories, will devote its first season to the infamous OJ Simpson case.