FX Networks has extended its order of American Horror Story for two additional installments, adding an 8th and 9th year to the previously announced seventh installment, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. The Emmy, Golden Globe and AFI Award winning series from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will return to FX in 2017 for the seventh installment. Here's what John Landgraf had to say about the renewal in his statement.
"American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and, as evidenced by the most recent installment Roanoke, it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come."
The American Horror Story franchise has won 15 Emmy Awards and dominates FX's top telecasts of all time. In P18-34, for example, 12 of the Top 15 most-watched FX telecasts ever are AHS telecasts. The sixth installment, AHS: Roanoke, was 2016's #1 Limited/Mini-series in cable among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, and ranked #3 among all 215 cable scripted series in 2016 in those same demos. In fact, in P18-49, each of the last five installments of American Horror Story has ranked among cable's Top 5 scripted series in the year in which it aired. Here's what Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
"When Ryan and Brad came to us seven years ago with the idea for a horror series structured as an anthology, with a group of actors returning year after year, in different roles, settings and time periods, we were in awe of the sheer originality and ambition of their vision. They've since delivered six fantastic installments which have rightfully attracted millions of viewers, critical raves and dozens of awards. Ryan and Brad are to be congratulated on this remarkable multi-year pickup and we are grateful to John Landgraf and our partners at FX for their extraordinary support."
AHS: Roanoke delivered a combined linear and non-linear audience of 10.91 million Total Viewers. On a Live+7 basis, Roanoke increased +5% in Adults 18-49 over prior installment AHS: Hotel (4.37 million vs. 4.16 million) and +3% among Total Viewers (6.31 million vs. 6.16 million). The fifth installment, AHS: Hotel, won two Emmy Awards in 2016: Outstanding Makeup For A Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie. The American Horror Story franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in 91 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain, Taboo, Legion and the upcoming Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story and the upcoming Feud and Trust; and acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy(R) Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly.