Angela Bassett Starrer “American Horror Story: Coven” Premieres to Record Audience

Angela BassettAccording to Variety.comFX’s drama American Horror Story returned Wednesday night with the franchise’s largest-ever audience, surging about 40% above its opener a year ago.  American Horror Story: Coven averaged a 3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 5.54 million viewers overall in the Nielsen Ratings, easily beating competing broadcast dramas CSI, Nashville and Ironside.

And among all broadcast programs on the night, only ABC’s Modern Family performed better.  Counting two quickie repeats of its premiere (at 11:12 p.m. and then 1:25 a.m.), Coven collected 7.78 million total viewers.  FX said Wednesday’s telecast could emerge as the most-watched program in network history when Live+7 DVR data becomes available.

AHS premiered in October 2011 with a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.18 million viewers overall, and then returned a year ago to a series-best 2.2 demo rating and 3.85 million total viewers. American Horror Story: Asylum closed with a 1.3 and 2.29 million in January of this year.

Academy Award nominees and winners Angela BassettJessica Lange and Kathy Bates and are among the cast for this season of American Horror Story.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

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