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That number, a combination of linear and non-linear (read: streaming) views for the Sept. 14 telecast, shows just how many viewers are watching outside of traditional manners. It’s more than 2.5 million stronger than the live-plus-three-day score for the premiere telecast. On its own, that 8.3 million stat stands as the third-most-watched telecast in AHS history.
Among adults 18-49, the episode is also No. 3 in franchise history. It averaged 5.6 million in the key demo with live-plus-three.
The episode, which put an end to months-long speculation about the premise for the anthology’s run by revealing itself as a docudrama twist on the famous lost Roanoke colony, marks just another positive development in a long string of good news for FX. The network shattered Emmy records for basic cable with 18 wins this year, propelled by fellow Ryan Murphy production The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
And Roanoke isn’t the only promising premiere FX has on its hands. Atlanta, its new comedy from Donald Glover, premiered to 3 million viewers in live-plus-three-day ratings just two weeks ago.
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