The untitled sixth season of the franchise co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will debut in 2016, the network confirmed. And, in today’s announcement, FX Networks/FX Productions CEO John Landgraf boasted that the franchise had “push[ed] every conceivable boundary of creative excellence and audacity” and been rewarded with crowds that made it FX’s highest-rated show. It also has snagged 13 Emmys, including five for last season’s American Horror Story: Freak Show.
The fifth installment, American Horror Story: Hotel, is pacing ahead of the average ratings of all prior installments on a Live+3 basis. Through its first four episodes, AHS: Hotel is 7% ahead of Freak Show among adults 18-49 and 1% among total viewers. The Hotel premiere was the second-most-watched telecast in FX Networks history, behind only the premiere episode of Freak Show. AHS: Hotel stars Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock.
Also set to launch in 2016, FX and Murphy are expanding the American Horror Story franchise with a companion anthology series, American Crime Story. Focusing on big true-crime stories, the first installment’s straight-to-series, 10-episode order focuses on the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, among the cast.