Excited for American Horror Story Season 5? According to recent ratings data you most definitely are! Following a huge live + same day turnout, the Hotel premiere has beat out competition to become the second most watched telecast in FX history, behind only last season's Freak Show
Last week we told you that the Season 5 premiere of American Horror Story was among the week's big season openers, with a live plus same-day rating of 3.0, making it the second highest rated telecast of the night with 5.8 million viewers, behind only Empire. But with the live + 3 numbers now in, we can confirm that last week's debut, "Checking In," was not only the most watched TV broadcast of the night, but it went on to become the FX's No. 2 telecast in history, beaten only by one of its own former episodes, last year's Season 4 premiere of Freak Show! According to Nielsen ratings, the season premiere of Hotel gained 53% over its same-day score of 3.0 to a new high of 4.8, and adding well over 3 million new pairs of eyes to its same-day 18-49 viewership of 5.8 million, rounding out its total early delayed-viewership numbers to 9.1 million, a 36% increase!
This new tally brings Ryan Murphy's latest foray into the id of the American psyche, with Lady Gaga in the passenger seat, within this fall's top five returning series premiers, rivaling last Sunday's Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead and Empire's Season 2 premiere last month. To put that in perspective, the FX's most-watched telecast in history, Season 4's Freak Show premiere, averaged 10 million viewers. That means, with full data sets to come within 60 days, the Countess' Hotel still has a chance to catch up and overtake its sister season. In other numbers news, American Horror Story beat out rivals The Walking Dead and Empire to become last week's most tweeted-about television show. Perhaps people had caught wind of the strange case of the real life Hotel that's the source of Season 5's mayhem. Have you reserved your spot for tomorrow night's episode, "Chutes and Ladders"?