American Horror Story starring Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott will be haunting viewers for at least another year after FX picked up a second season order for the show on, appropriately, Halloween.
The American Horror Story series premiere attracted 5 million viewers and got the horror series, from Glee and Nip/Tuck co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, off to a fast start. It recorded an all-time high for an FX premiere in the 18-49 demographic, key to advertisers and equally important for sustainability.
An ominous sign for the series came when the second episode dropped 14 percent from the premiere. Rather than continue to decline, the third and fourth episodes not only rebounded, but inched above the premiere’s ratings numbers and thus warranted the early renewal.
If American Horror Story can continue to find the success and viewer loyalty that Nip/Tuck and Glee have, it could be around for many years to come.
Check out em>American Horror Story on Wednesday evenings at 10pm EST/PST, only on FX.