The premiere ratings for American Horror Story: Freak Show topped the premiere episode of last year’s third installment of the franchise.
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,” today’s pickup announcement.
“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. Freak Show and the next incarnation of AHS to further his legacy.”
The premiere ratings for American Horror Story: Freak Show topped the premiere episode of last year’s third installment of the franchise, American Horror Story: Coven, by 38% in total viewers, 29% in the demo, and 40% in adults 18-34.
Since its launch in 2011, compared with the average of its full first installment, American Horror Story: Murder House, the franchise has grown 148% in total viewers, 119% in the demo and 127% in adults 18-34.
With a bearded lady played by Kathy Bates, a two-head killer, a David Bowie tune performed by Jessica Lange and a crazed clown among its offerings, the premiere drew 6.127 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49.