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Over 9-Million Viewers for ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Season Opener

Close to 7-Million for Singular Telecast Premiere

“American Horror Story: Cult,” the anthology series from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, drew 6.91 million total viewers and 4.56 million adults 18-49 for its premiere telecast on Tuesday, September 5th (from 10 PM-11:07 p.m.), based on the Live + Same Day data. Including two encore telecasts and all non-linear data currently available, “AHS: Cult” premiered to 9.01 million Total Viewers.

Comparably, the season premiere of “AHS: Cult” is now the second most-watched basic cable entertainment program of 2017 year-to-date in both total viewers and adults 18-49 – behind only “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

The premiere of “AHS: Cult” was also more time-shifted than any previous “AHS” premiere in both benchmarks.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Somehow, FX still seems to manage to re-launch that show every year. It’s actually gotten so rare it’s notable.

    It will of course dip down quickly, as it’s done every year because you can’t re-launch every episode, but FX will scream victory.

    On a more technical side, I still have trouble with having a headline saying they had 9 million viewers because it gets compared in our heads with single-airings.

    6 million is actually OK (if they could keep it at that level, which they won’t) and doesn’t need this aggregation that the networks so love to do to mislead us.