A drama series that has already chalked up a ton of awards hardware will have a chance to bring home some more. FX announced today that it has ordered two more cycles of the anthology series “American Horror Story.”
The show has been a towering presence at the Primetime Emmys since 2012, chalking up an almost unbelievable 76 nominations and winning 15 statues — including two acting awards for Jessica Lange.
The series from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is due back on FX this year for its seventh installment, and now its eighth and ninth cycles have also been ordered.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, broke the news today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.
In a statement, Landgraf said: “‘American Horror Story’ launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ — it remains as vital today as when ‘Murder House’ stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated ‘American Horror Story’ for years to come.”
The show is a key player in FX’s ratings picture, especially in younger demos. The network noted that in viewers 18-34, 12 of FX’s top 15 most-watched telecasts of all time are “AHS” installments.
“The sixth installment, ‘AHS: Roanoke,’ was 2016’s #1 Limited/Mini-series in cable among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, and ranked #3 among all 215 cable scripted series in 2016 in those same demos,” the network noted in its announcement. “In fact, in P18-49, each of the last five installments of ‘American Horror Story’ has ranked among cable’s Top 5 scripted series in the year in which it aired.”
FX said “AHS: Roanoke” delivered a combined linear and non-linear audience of 10.91 million total viewers.