There was some Paleyfest, indoor sunglasses and the return of Sarah Paulson’s Asylum character on the finale of American Horror Story: Roanoke last night – and there also was a nice bump over the last finale.
With an almost 10% rise in total viewers and 18% jump among adults 18-49 from the finale of AHS: Hotel back in January, Roanoke snagged an audience of 2.45 million and a 1.3 rating last night. Not only is that up from the all-time season-ender low of Hotel, but it also beats the finale of Asylum from January 23, 2013. Week-to-week, last night’s “Chapter 10” finale was basically even with its “Chapter 9” episode of November 9.
Not that a few other things weren’t different for the Roanoke finale, though.
For one thing, this was the shortest run the anthology series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has had. It was also the earliest start that AHS has had, with Roanoke debuting on September 14 this year as opposed to October as AHS has in past seasons.
Still, don’t expect FX to get too publicly excited about this latest ratings rise – they are all about the Live + 3 results. Which means it’ll be early next week before we hear the stamping feet of their happy dance.