There’s no doubt that fans have had their eyeballs glued to the endless American Horror Story promotional videos that FX has been pumping out in order to stoke the fires of fan interest.
Every piece of footage we’ve seen boasted different and unique concepts and critters, which worked to thoroughly confuse fans.
That’s Ryan Murphy for you, cryptic until the absolute last minute.
What will season six be about? Is there another theme, as most expected, or would Ryan Murphy throw us a curveball and give us the first AHS series that followed no specific theme?
We’ve finally got some answers.
Season 6 is known as American Horror Story: Roanoke, and it looks as though it will follow a specific theme, as the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island provides quite the mystery. For the unaware, Roanoke Island was mysteriously abandoned just three years after being established, Hence the Lost Colony moniker.
That leaves a lot of opportunities for Murphy and the writing crew behind AHS.
All that said, American Horror Story is known to bend and break rules, so there’s just no telling where FX will take this one as the season progresses.
Here’s some very valuable information regarding the American Horror Story: Roanoke debut, courtesy of Deadline:
Matching the demo performance of the final numbers of the season finale of America’s Got Talent on NBC, the sixth installment premiere of the FX series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk snagged 3.572 million viewers among adults 18-49 for a 2.8 rating. The Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding, Jr. led Chapter 1 episode also ad 5.14 million total viewers for its 10 PM airing. Not only does that make AHS: Roanokethe top rated show on cable last night but also tied for the top rated show of Wednesday night in both broadcast and cable.
Perhaps more importantly, even with Lady Gaga M.I.A. for last night’s debut, as my colleague Anthony D’Alessandro put it so well, Roanoke was very steady in the key demo with the October 7, 2015 opener of the Golden Globe wining American Horror Story: Hotel. Wednesday’s AHS dipped just 7% from Hotel’s debut.
Viewershipwise, Roanoke’s debut was down 11% from the 5.81 million who watched the opening of Hotel. To add some context, that’s the worst an AHS opener has done in overall viewers since the 3.85 million who watched the debut of the Asylum second installment of the anthology series back on October 17, 2012.
It looks like the excessive marketing campaign failed to plant a remarkable seed in the imaginations of American Horror Story. But make no mistake, whIle the season opener underwhelmed, it also did respectable figures. Whether those figures remain consistent, drop or even rise, American Horror Story: Roanoke can still be labeled a solid success.
We’ll see what the rest of the season offers us lunatics!