FX reports that the September 14 premiere of “American Horror Story: Roanoke” was among the highest rated installments in the show’s history, bringing in 8.3 million viewers for its first-run broadcast and a total of 10.9 million viewers when you include non-linear viewing. Unlike previous editions of this anthology series, this season of “AHS” was shrouded in secrecy; even the season’s setting and theme were withheld until it finally aired, likely drawing in curious viewers to sample the first installment.
News of the blockbuster ratings cap off a great couple of weeks for “AHS” co-creator Ryan Murphy. The previous season, “Hotel,” under-performed at the Emmys relative to previous years (it picked up eight nominations and two Creative Arts wins), but Murphy’s other anthology, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” racked up nine Emmy victories, including Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor (Courtney B. Vance) and Best Movie/Mini Actress (Sarah Paulson).
The new season of “AHS” features returning cast member Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr., who earned an Emmy nom for playing the title character in “People v. O.J. Simpson,” as a couple from Los Angeles that moves to Roanoke Island in North Carolina. Other “AHS” regulars back for the new season include Emmy-winner Kathy Bates as well as Emmy nominees Denis O’Hare and Angela Bassett, plus fan favorites Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Wes Bentley.
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