FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Caps Strong Season as Night’s Top Scripted Show in Demo

Rick Kissell

FX’s “American Horror Story” scared up largest audience since October on Wednesday as it wrapped its highest-rated season yet .

American Horror Story: Coven,” the third edition of the “Horror Story” franchise, averaged a 2.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 4.24 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen, up week-to-week by about 25% in both the demo and total viewers.

This was the show’s top-rated season finale to date, outpeforming last year’s “American Horror Story: Asylum” by 69% in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 1.3) and 85% in total viewers (4.24 million vs. 2.29 million). Among all episodes to date, “Horror’s” highest-rated remains its “Coven” premiere last October (3.05 rating in 18-49 and 5.54 million total viewers).

“Coven’s” finale made FX the No. 2 network among adults 18-49 on all of television during the 10 p.m. hour, behind only A&E’s combo of “Duck Dynasty” and “Wahlburgers.” And it ranked No. 1 among all scripted skeins on the night in 18-49, topping shows including original episodes of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” and ABC’s “Nashville.”

For the television season to date, “American Horror Story: Coven” ranks among the top 20 shows on television in adults 18-49 and among the top 5 in cable. Among scripted basic cable series, only AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” rate higher in the demo.

In Live+7 for its first 10 episodes this season, “Horror” averaged 7.2 million total viewers and a 4.0 rating in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.

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