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.