American Horror Story may only be six episodes into its first season, but FX made the decision to make an early renewal for a second season of the fright-fest. Signing on for a second season of thirteen episodes this early means that the cable channel has some high hopes for the show. The Wednesday night horror series is tracking to become the highest-rated series ever for FX. This isn’t a surprise for a show coming from the two people who were pivotal for the success of Nip/Tuck, one of FX’s first smash hits.
The renewal may have felt a little like a leap of faith for the FX Network as they were in the middle of possibly losing one of their largest carriers- DirecTV. If you were watching the show as the episodes were airing at the time, you would have seen Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk pleading with viewers during commercial breaks. Thankfully, Fox and DirecTV made a last minute deal to keep all of the channels under the Fox banner on the air.
If you haven’t been watching American Horror Story, it is definitely worth giving it a moment of your time. Upon moving to a new home in Los Angeles to escape the troubled life in Boston, the Harmons find themselves with a more complicated set of circumstances with their new home. Unbeknownst to them, the home came with some things that the previous owners left behind. I can’t recommend just jumping into it as you will be lost beyond belief. Without going into depth why, let’s just say that the writing is aimed for the long run. We have just begun to see how deeply disturbing the tale of the Harmons is.
Read the full press release below:
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FANS GET HALLOWEEN TREAT, NOT TRICKS
New Hit Drama from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk Gets Second Season Order
Tracking to Become Highest Rated 1st Season of Any FX Series
Four-Episode Halloween Marathon Airs Tonight at 10:00 PM ET/PT
Nine All-New Episodes Remain in Season One
LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2011 – Fans of American Horror Story got a Halloween treat today from FX as the network placed a second-season order of 13 episodes from Twentieth Century Fox Television, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.
American Horror Story, created by producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is the eighth FX drama series to earn a second season order. Nine all-new episodes of AHS remain in the first season airing Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P, with the final two episodes airing December 21.
“It’s one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience–it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up,” said Landgraf. “Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.”
AHS is producing outstanding ratings, growing though its first four weeks in the network’s target audience of Adults 18-49. On a Live+7 basis, through two weeks, first-run episodes of AHS are averaging 4.2 million Total Viewers, 2.9 million Adults 18-49, and 1.7 million Adults 18-34. It is currently tracking to become the highest-rated first season of any series ever on FX, certain to surpass Murphy’s award-winning hit drama Nip/Tuck in Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 (2.1 million Adults 18-49; 1.0 million Adults 18-34 – 2003), and also above the award-winning drama Justified in Total Viewers (3.4 million P2+ – 2009).
On a Live+3 basis, last week’s fourth episode was the highest-rated episode of the season in delivery of Adults 18-49 (3.1 million) and Adults 18-34 (1.85 million).
The premiere episode of AHS (most current available) delivered a multi-run telecast audience of 8.0 million Total Viewers, 5.4 million Adults 18-34 and 3.0 million Adults 18-34.
The series premiere episode of AHS (Oct. 5, 10:00 PM) ranked as the #1 for the network among its target demos of Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34. It delivered 3.14 million Adults 18-49 and 1.77 million Adults 18-34, which marked enormous gains of +54% and +49% in those demos when compared to the Live+Same Day premiere data. The debut episode of AHS also ranks #1 all-time among FX series premieres in delivery of Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.
Tonight beginning at 10:00 PM E/P, FX will air a special Halloween marathon of American Horror Story featuring the first four episodes. In this Wednesday’s (Nov. 2, 10:00PM E/P) fifth episode, “Halloween, Part 2”, Halloween night concludes with Tate (Evan Peters) coming face-to-face with his past, and Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien (Connie Britton) are haunted by one of the house’s newest guests.
American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The all-star cast features Dylan McDermott as “Ben Harmon,” a psychiatrist; Connie Britton as “Vivien Harmon,” Ben’s wife; Taissa Farmiga as “Violet,” the Harmon’s teenage daughter; Jessica Lange in her first-ever regular series TV role as “Constance,” the Harmon’s neighbor; Evan Peters plays “Tate Langdon,” one of Ben’s patients; and Denis O’Hare as “Larry Harvey.” Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy as the Harmons’ housekeeper; Alexandra Breckenridge as the Harmons’ housekeeper; and Jamie Brewer as Constance’s daughter.
American Horror Story was co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who serve as Executive Producers along with Dante Di Loreto. The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Led by Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Twentieth Century Fox Television is the prolific producer of a wide range of award-winning blockbuster network and cable series including “Glee,” the two-time Golden Globe winner for Best Series, Comedy or Musical and “Modern Family,” the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series. Twentieth Century Fox Television comprises the flagship studio, as well as sister companies Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios, and currently has more than thirty series on the air domestically and around the globe.
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