The premiere of “American Horror Story: Hotel” did not quite measure up to its predecessor’s debut ratings.
The premiere episode of “Hotel” drew in 6.13 million viewers in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic in Nielsen live-plus-three ratings, down from 6.54 million delivered by “Freak Show” last season for a drop of 6 percent.
In the adults 18-34 demo, “Hotel” got 3.7 million viewers, compared to 4.08 million for “Freak Show, a drop of 9 percent.
On a more positive note, the premiere was the second most-watched telecast in FX Networks history, behind only the premiere episode of “Freak Show.” Including delayed viewing and reruns, the premiere netted 12.17 million total viewers.
Ryan Murphy serves as co-creator, showrunner, executive producer, writer and director. Brad Falchuk is co-creator, executive producer and writer. Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin Woodall also serve as executive producers. Twentieth Century Fox Television produces.