'American Horror Story' premiere scares up solid ratings
October 18th, 2012
04:55 PM ET

'American Horror Story' premiere scares up solid ratings

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk weren't crazy when they decided to send "American Horror Story's" second season to the asylum.

Not only was Wednesday's premiere considered to be an improvement over last season, but the ratings have seen a boost as well.

The season 2 opener drew 3.85 million to FX for its first showing at 10 p.m., and earned a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic. Those aren't "Walking Dead" numbers, but they are a 21 percent uptick over the season 1 premiere.

And it looks like the showrunners have a few curve-balls in store to ensure we keep watching.

As Murphy told Entertainment Weekly, while it looked like Adam Levine's newlywed character wasn't long for "AHS," you can expect to see his dismembered self once again.

"He is going to be in a bunch of episodes," Murphy said. "I mean, it’s clear after the first episode that he’s in a bad place. I wanted a big star in that. We actually wrote it for him. He did such a great job. He has this great movie star charisma. But what Janet Leigh was to 'Psycho,' Adam is to this season of 'American Horror Story.' He does not perish as quickly as anybody. And maybe he lives — I’m not saying anything."

Plus, we know that Eric Stonestreet is going to make a return, and next week's episode, pegged to Halloween, sounds like it'll keep our lights on at night.

"It's about the powers of Satan," Murphy revealed. "It’s about a boy who is or is not possessed who suddenly, strangely knows a lot about Sister Jude’s secrets."

Filed under: American Horror Story • television

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  1. TheRatKing

    I loved season one of American Horror Story, however I just cannot get into season two. I wish I could but i cannot. So far I've found the story boring, and pathethically grasping for scares. It's just too "over the top" for me; the aliens...the Nazi doctor and Anne Frank...come on. I wish I Ioved it as much as season one, and I'm not trying to hate on the new season, I am sure many folks love it and thats great, but for me it is a let down. I regret to say I will not be watching the remaining episodes of the season.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. TheRatKing

    I loved season one of American Horror Story, however I just cannot get into season two. I wish I could but i cannot. So far I've found the story boring,

    November 15, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Natalie

    Everyone keep complaining how they were left hanging or wtv from the first season. That is what a horror story is all about!! Who has watched/read a good horror story that actually ended well?? It's all about the suspense and leave you thinking is it gonna come and get me? I absolutely loved the first season (and the ending) and enjoyed the first episode of season two. I think were in for a treat again! 🙂

    October 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greeneyedirishlass

    A friend turned me on to this show after the first season had concluded, so I looked up all the shows and watched the premier season and was hooked! When the 2nd season premiered last week I was honestly spell-bound watching it. it's rare for me to watch a "scary" show that literally has me trembling with that anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach while watching it. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! Can't wait for more.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aimee

    Oh, one more thing. Jessica Lange is still mesmerizing. She has always been my favorite actress. I just cannot keep my eyes off her. I love her scenes. She could simply look into the camera and talk for hours..and I would listen.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. elbob248

    The only thing scary about this show is how cliche it is.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kristen

    I agree with previous comments that I hope this is more scary/creepy than torture scene after torture scene. I will give it a chance, but this season might not be as good as the last if the first episode was any indicator.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. season1

    They need to forget about season 1 very quickly...bad ratings for the network

    October 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Beth_Weihe_is_a_tool

    AHS:Asylum was overly preachy. Enough with shoving your g-a-y story lines. The creators have read their own press for too long and this year the show has lost its way and it simply pathetic. Uhhh...hello, your Bah-Ston accents that come and go sound like crap. But, when you saw Adam Levine in the intro you knew the show was gonna blow.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Beth: go watch something else and stop boring the rest of us with your 'insights'.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • greeneyedirishlass

      Beth, get over yourself and the "gay" story lines. It has a part to play within this story and what happens to the characters...if you are so turned off by that, change the channel.

      October 22, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. 2terrible

    I was very disappointed with asylum, I could`nt even watch it all "it was that bad". Bye bye as a viewer.

    October 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LKT

    I likes AHS: Asylum well enough, although I do prefer a good ghost/possession story to a torture chamber. Jessica Lange is amazing. However, having 2 actors from the 1st season distracted me–kept taking me back to AHS season 1's story line. I kept trying to see how these 2 stories will intersect. But I'll keep watching.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • greeneyedirishlass

      I'm with you to a degree on the "same actors" thing being a bit distracting, but I also kind of liked it. I won't be too surprised if at some point we find Lang is connected from this story to the other...

      October 22, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Felix Clauss

    I miss Joseph V. Dillulo!

    October 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anne Urkowitz

    Norman is the best thing in my Life!

    October 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack baby Jack Clauss

    neale bancroft was a top Realtor!

    October 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gabriel Berk Esquire

    Charles Cohn was the biggest investor in his day.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Amy

    I was a huge fan of the first season, but the second season is looking like its scares center around sadism and torture rather than a thrilling ghost story. I'm not a fan of the torture porn horror genre.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Darrell

    While I thought it was an ok episode...I found myself actually missing the inhabitants of the original horror house.
    And I do agree, one would think they would continue the storyline of the demon child and let us witness him growing up and seeing what becomes of him.

    So am I to think that all the ghost of the original house are just wandering aimlessly now?...

    Or, as I am now fantasizing about, are they going to somehow tie them all up in upcoming seasons?

    Lets hope

    October 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbojones

      As has been repeatedly stated by the creators of the show, the first season is done and those characters' stories are finished. The ghosts from season 1 are tied to the house forever, the end.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. woot flash

    October 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mike C.

    Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are absolutely genius, auteurs. AHS is technically and creatively amazing entertainment. Best casting on tv (they are only missing Kathy Bates in a role). I haven't been this engrossed in a show since 6 Feet Under. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. avoid 23


    October 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Kirk Douglas

    rob Reiner is fat and soft.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Janice Belmont

    Obama is owned by Buffet.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Michael Calaizzo

    Obama is worse than peanut Jimmy Carter.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mark

    I thought the premiere was amazing and better than the first season. It’s more intense, and is getting down to business with what to expect in future episodes. I still can’t understand why any newlyweds would want to spend their honeymoons in a haunted asylum, even if it’s for a thrill. I missed Wednesday’s premiere, but saw it yesterday morning since it was recording on my Hopper. The huge amount of hard drive space on my DVR helps me keep up with shows when I work extra hours at DISH. It might seem like a good idea to ‘visit” the 12 most haunted places in America; I still would avoid an abandoned insane asylum at all cost!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. palintwit

    White southern evangelical christians are no different than the Taliban. One group worships Honey Boo Boo and the other group worships a pedophile prophet. Same same.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • A Southerner

      No different than the Taliban? When you go out in public, are you looking over your shoulder for Christians? Have Southern Christians dominated the news with reports of violence? Was it Southern Christians who shot that young Pakistani girl in cold blood? You forget what country you live in.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  26. Joey

    I think the only reason this episode got such good ratings was because LAST season was so good, and people tuned in to see what THIS season was going to be about. I wasn't that impressed. Too much stuff going on and too much back and forth between past and present. Jessica Lange is amazing, but that's all that was good about it. I'm pretty disappointed...

    October 19, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  27. Avalon

    The only good thing about it was Jessica Lange and Adam Levine. Too many things going on, too many stories and didn't care for the back and forth between past and present.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  28. flash

    and strike a pose

    October 19, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  29. Anthony valente

    Ur wrmg

    October 19, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  30. Rebbeca

    I reallly liked the first show and the fact that Jessica Lange is in it again will bring me back every week. Adam Levine was a nice treat also!

    October 19, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  31. Beached Whale

    thought we were going to put her in the front row last night. lmao

    October 19, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  32. I love demented


    October 19, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  33. Well

    I thought it was scary good. Nothing more creepy than an insane asylum, with all the demented people,and the mad scientist/ doctor, too. Jessica Lange is just frightening. She is perfect for her part. This is going to be a fun show to watch this season. Creepy!!! Woooooooooo!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  34. boo

    i'm growling with excitement about this show...

    October 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I found it contrived, forced, and poorly written. If this is the type of show that gets good publicity, the bar has really sank low. Where's James Cameron when you need him?

      October 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jzaks

      Dave, you probably should have just changed the channel. That is what the remote is for when you find something so forced and contrived.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • greeneyedirishlass

      Dave, I don't know what you expect from a show then if for you this was contrived and poorly written. I found this show spell-binding, it kept me on edge watching it...I absolutely loved it!

      October 22, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  35. Humbly


    October 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  36. PantsDown

    love her photos

    October 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Should I pose for my photo shoot?


    October 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  38. lindaluttrell

    Glad it is back on! However, I wish they had stuck with the house story they had going...kind of left me hanging there. Can't say enough good things about Jessica Lange! This lady is her own force of nature to be reckoned with!

    October 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • hambone

      I second that, Lange was astounding

      October 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • You did watch Season 1 didn't you?

      Left you hanging for what? Everyone was dead at the end of the first season...

      October 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Everyone died...except the demon baby and Jessica Lange's character. They could have continued the story with the baby growing up as the anti-christ and all the scary stuff he would have done.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |

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