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American Horror Story renewed after chart-topping premiere

October 15th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

The premiere of American Horror Story’s fourth season has become the most-watched broadcast in its network’s history, FX announced on Monday.

With three days of DVR playback included, the premiere episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show surged to high points in total viewers (10 million), adults 18-49 (6.54 million) and adults 18-34 (4.08 million), ahead of the last-season premiere of Sons of Anarchy, which garnered 9.25 million total viewers. As thanks, FX has ordered a 13-episode fifth season.

This was the third year in a row that the series had opened to a higher number of viewers. The premiere of season one (“Murder House”) in 2011 brought in 3.184 million total viewers; season 2 (“Asylum”) had 3.848 million total viewers; while last year’s season 3 (“Coven”) was watched by 5.538 million total viewers. Hopefully the ratings mean Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology will be around for a while yet.

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...