FX has renewed ratings hit anthology series American Horror Story for a sixth season, TVWise has learned. The network has ordered 13 episodes for the show’s sixth season, which will premiere in Fall 2016.
A critical hit since it premiered in 2011, American Horror Story has scored some 71 Emmy Award nominations and 13 Emmy Award wins, including five Emmy awards for the fourth season, Freak Show. AHS also continue to be a big ratings draw for FX, with the fifth season pacing ahead of the average ratings of all prior installments on a Live+3 basis.
Through its first four episodes, American Horror Story: Hotel is up 7% on the ratings performace of American Horror Story: Freak Show amongst Adults 18-49 and up 1% in Total Viewers. In addition, the season premiere was the second most-watched telecast in FX Networks history, behind only the premiere episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
As has been the MO since season two, details for the new season are being kept firmly under wraps, with FX refusing to release any details on plot, cast or title. American Horror Story is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The executive producers are Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin.
“With the sixth installment coming next year, American Horror Story has unquestionably joined the ranks of television’s landmark series”, said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “From Murder House to Hotel, AHS has pioneered a new television form as well becoming FX’s highest rated show — while also pushing every conceivable boundary of creative excellence and audacity.
“This is even more remarkable because Ryan and co-creator Brad Falchuk tear up the playbook every year, challenging the entire creative team to come up with something even more spectacular, frightful and entertaining”, he continued. “You could not ask more of an artist, their team or a series and with every new installment they deliver.”