‘American Horror Story’ Renewed After Setting Ratings Record With Season Premiere

Season opener of Ryan Murphy show becomes most-watched telecast in FX history

Last Updated: October 16, 2014 @ 6:02 PM

“American Horror Story” is adding another chapter.

Ryan Murphy‘s creepy anthology series has been renewed by FX for a fifth season, the network said Monday.

The 13-episode fifth season will premiere in October 2015.

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The renewal comes on the heels of the Oct. 8 season premiere of the third iteration of the series, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” which set a record as the most-watched telecast in FX’s history. The season premiere drew 10 million total viewers, with 6.54 million of them in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic in Live + 3 Day numbers, which take into account viewers who tuned in on the night of the premiere as well as the following three days.

The previous record-holder was the Season 7 premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” earlier this year, which had 9.25 million total viewers with 6.1 million in the demo.

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With two encore telecasts factored in, the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premiere drew 13.36 million total viewers, and 8.6 million viewers in the demo.

“The ‘American Horror Story’ anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition,” said FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf. “With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear at the helm, the show’s success is not surprising. ‘AHS’ continues to deliver amazing stories, a brilliant troupe of actors led by Jessica Lange, and a visual style unlike any other on TV. With ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘The Normal Heart,’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ Ryan Murphy has established himself as one of the most successful and prolific producers of this generation. We expect AHS: Freak Show and the next incarnation of AHS to further his legacy.”

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FX recently gave the greenlight to another anthology series from Murphy, “American Crime Story,” whose first installment will be subtitled “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”