‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’: Huge premiere ratings top off a stellar week for Ryan Murphy and FX

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.

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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).

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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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