FX’s hit drama series American Horror Story capped its highly-rated first season with its most-watched episode to date. The first season finale drew 3.22 million total viewers. In adults 18-49, the closer averaged 2.19 million viewers. Also today, series co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy officially announced that AHS will be a seasonal anthology series, with every future season featuring a new story, new setting, new theme, and new cast members, while some actors from the previous season could return to the series playing entirely new characters.
With nine weeks of Live+7 data, AHS is averaging 4.4 million viewers, 3.3 million Adults 18-49 and 2.0 million Adults 18-34 on a first-run basis. It is currently tied with TNT’s Falling Skies as the top-rated new cable series in Adults 18-49 (3.3 million), but likely to become the sole No.1 when Live+7 data is available for the full season. AHS by far is the highest-rated first season of any FX series, topping Justified by 29% in Total Viewers, and Murphy’s previous FX hit Nip/Tuck by 50% in Adults 18-49. The series debut of AHS ranks as the No.1 series premiere ever for FX in Adults 18-49 (3.14 million) and Adults 18-34 (1.77 million). On a weekly basis, including linear viewing, video-on-demand and online viewing, AHS is averaging 8.6 million total viewers per episode.