Following the record-setting premiere last week of American Horror Story: Freak Show, FX has ordered a 13-episode fifth season of the acclaimed anthology series. The new installment will debut in October 2015.
Taking into account Live+3 viewing, the Oct. 8 season premiere was the most-watched single program in the cable channel's 20-year history. The Freak Show debut attracted 10 million total viewers, 6.54 million in the adults 18-49 demo and 4.08 million among adults 18-34.
“The American Horror Story anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in a statement. “With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear at the helm, the show’s success is not surprising. AHS continues to deliver amazing stories, a brilliant troupe of actors led by Jessica Lange, and a visual style unlike any other on TV. With Nip/Tuck, Glee, The Normal Heart, and American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy has established himself as one of the most successful and prolific producers of this generation. We expect AHS: Freak Show and the next incarnation of AHS to further his legacy.”
FX last week ordered a companion anthology series, American Crime Story, with the first installment centering on the trial of O.J. Simpson.
American Horror Story: Freak Show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.