‘American Horror Story’ Has Strong Return, Stephen King Approval

American Horror Story returned for its fourth season, Freak Show, and with it came the highest ratings for the series so far, as well as approval from acclaimed author Stephen King.

According to a report from Deadline, the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show drew in 6.127 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That’s a 10 percent jump from last season’s Coven, which brought in 5.54 million during its premiere episode.

FX won’t release official numbers for the American Horror Story premiere until three days after its initial airing. The Coven premiere jumped to 7.27 million viewers three days after the live airing and 7.77 million after seven days.

Variety reports that each season of American Horror Story has seen a jump in viewers each year. The first season, Murder House, premiered with 3.18 million viewers and a 1.59 rating, while Asylum debuted with 3.85 million viewers and a 2.20 rating.

Last season’s Coven finale was the strongest for American Horror Story so far with 4.2 million viewers. The Live + 7 numbers had the ratings rise to more than 7.2 million overall viewers.

Freak Show also got the approval by acclaimed horror author Stephen King. King posted on his Twitter account that one other person might have enjoyed it, if he were still alive today.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Freak Show is supposed to be the final season for actress Jessica Lange. However, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy said that may change.

“This is her favorite season, without question. I really want her to keep her hand in [future seasons]… Does that mean 13 episodes? Does that mean six? Does that mean one? She and I are probably going to have a dinner date when the holidays come.”

Murphy added that Lange might stick around if there is a character that she would like to play.

“It always starts with a character for Jessica, so I think I’d have to present her with something she was very interested in. Before, I was met with a really quick ‘No.’ Now, I’m hearing, ‘Well, let’s keep talking.’ So I thought that was a very good sign. “I think if I presented her with the right character, and it could work with her schedule, she might be interested. That’s my hope.”

American Horror Story: Freak Show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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