10:19am PT by Lesley Goldberg
FX Renews 'American Horror Story' for Third Season
FX has signed up for a third round of American Horror Story.
The anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has been renewed for a third season, the network announced Thursday, with series star Jessica Lange returning for a third installment of 13 episodes.
Featuring a new story, location and cast of characters -- with several actors returning in different roles -- the second season, dubbed Asylum, returned to a record 3.85 million viewers and topping its series premiere by 22 percent year-over-year. This season is up 19 percent compared with its freshman run.
When factoring in Live+7 numbers, AHS: Asylum ranks as the No. 1 program in FX history among women 19-49 and a tie at the top among adults 18-34. The season two premiere collected 5.5 million total viewers with 4.07 million among adults 18-49, up 19 percent and 29 percent, respectively. Its most recent episode, which revealed the identity of serial killer Bloody Face, topped all broadcast networks in the 10 p.m. slot among adults 18-34 (2.1 rating), women 18-34 (2.4) and men 18-34 (1.7). The hour was up 30 percent week over week in adults 18-34 and marked a 45 percent gain among women 18-34, up 9 percent in adults 19-49 when factoring in live plus same day numbers.
"With American Horror Story: Asylum, Ryan and Brad have raised the bar in every way from Murder House, the first American Horror Story miniseries,” FX president and GM John Landgraf said of the 20th Television effort. “And their original idea -- the notion of doing an anthological series of miniseries with a repertory cast -- has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting. We can’t wait to see what deviously brilliant ideas they come up with for their third miniseries.”
Asylum, which takes place at an East Coast institution for the criminally insane, stars Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Chloe Sevigny, James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto and Joseph Fiennes.
The freshman season -- submitted as a miniseries -- tied for the most Emmy nominations with 17 and was 2011's most time-shifted program, according to Nielsen.
A new title for the third installment, which will return in fall 2013, has yet to be revealed. The season two finale is slated for Jan. 23.
“The American Horror Story anthology is a labor of love for all of us and we could not be prouder of the work our brilliant company of actors and everyone on the production team is doing this year,” Murphy said. “To John and our friends at FX and Dana Walden and Gary Newman at 20th, we thank you for your vote of confidence -- and to our loyal audience, keep watching!"