‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Premieres to More Than 3 Million Viewers

Latest installment of Ryan Murphy anthology series opens down from Season 7’s debut — and every other

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“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” didn’t come in with a Nielsen ratings bang Wednesday night — at least not compared to the FX anthology series’ previous season openers.

The first episode of Season 8 scored 3.08 million total viewers in live-plus-same-day numbers, meaning Ryan Murphy’s “Apocalypse” started down in overall eyeballs against the debut of “Cult” (Season 7), which brought in 3.93 million total viewers in L+SD last September.

That makes “Apocalypse” the lowest-rated “AHS” season opener, below “Murder House” (Season 1), which landed 3.18 million viewers in 2011, and “Asylum” (Season 2), which put up 3.85 million viewers in 2012.

Mind you, these are all still solid numbers for a cable show’s premiere and the Live+3 ratings, which will include three days of delayed viewing and streaming numbers, will give you an even better idea of how “Apocalypse” stacks up against the other installments.

As TheWrap exclusively reported, “Apocalypse” — a crossover between “Murder House” and “Coven” — will be 10 episodes long. Yes, that means this installment will tie with “Roanoke” for the shortest season yet.

“Apocalypse” stars a slew of franchise alums, including Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Stevie Nicks, Dylan McDermott and, as TheWrap exclusively reported, Connie Britton.

Read more about the premiere episode, “The End,” here.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.