For the season finale of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” there is certainly some good news and bad news depending on how you want to look at it.
Let’s start with the good news: The show did improve over some of its recent episodes courtesy of a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That is really the only good news that it received. The bad news is that this is pretty definitively the lowest-rated finale for the series since it first premiered on FX years ago, which is saying that something definitely went wrong with this season versus the five that came before it.
Ultimately, we’d argue that this is symptomatic of a wider problem. For the first two seasons, there was a tendency for the ratings to rise as the season progressed. Why? We’d argue that it was on the basis of quality more so than anything else. People wanted to stick around to see what happened at the end of the season.
“Coven” was the first season in which the show could not get back to the ratings that it had in the first two episodes during the finale; this became more noticeable during “Freak Show,” and it is most noticeable at all during “Hotel.” Just over 35% of the people in the demo who watched the premiere live stuck around for the finale. This is not to take away from some of the accolades or Lady Gaga’s recent Golden Globe win, but there is something clearly wrong with this picture.
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