Lady Gaga helped American Horror Story conquer television on Wednesday.
Show creator Ryan Murphy’s decision to include Mother Monster as lead character The Countess on the new season of “Hotel” proved the series, though in its fifth season, is brilliant at keeping fans enthralled on the horrifying ride. Wednesday’s opening show gave the series its second-highest show ratings score ever, falling behind last season’s “Freakshow” premiere. It also debuted at the No. 2 program in the 18-49 demo, behind only sister network Fox’s “Empire.”
Variety explains it best: “FX has a policy of not releasing any ratings analysis of its series until three-day VOD and DVR playback can be included, but according to same-night numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, the premiere of “American Horror Story: Hotel” averaged a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 (about 3.8 million in this age group) and 5.81 million viewers overall. This is down a tick in the demo and about 5% lower in total viewers from last year’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premiere (3.1 rating in 18-49, 6.13 million viewers overall), which went on to become the network’s most-watched telecast ever in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. There’s no reason to think last night’s premiere can’t set a new record when L+3 numbers come out on Monday.”
The show also sparked major online chatter, prompting 878,000 tweets seen by 5,414,000 in comparison to Empire’s 456,000 tweets seen by 2,778,000, reports AdWeek.
Murphy already asked Gaga back for season six, and we have a feeling she’ll accept.