Ratings: Horror Story Returns to Crazy Numbers

The Wednesday night premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum, the second chapter in Ryan Murphy’s spookfest, delivered insanely good numbers for FX — a total audience of 3.85 million viewers, with 2.8 mil landing in the 18-49 demo (based on fast nationals).

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Those tallies best any episode of the original American Horror Story miniseries, and mark gains of 20 and 40 percent from AHS‘ year-ago launch.

Asylum currently stands as the 10 o’clock hour’s No. 2 program in 18-49, behind CBS’ CSI and ahead of ABC’s Nashville and NBC’s Chicago Fire, and trounced all time slot rivals in the Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34 demos.