‘American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare’ ratings strong in debut

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We have to be honest: Going into the premiere of “American Horror Story” last night, we did not have the highest expectations in the world for the show. After all, we’re talking about a product here that was not altogether great during season 5, and one that lost a huge chunk of its ratings momentum from start to finish. We figured that the reputation of that season would in some ways transfer over here.

However, it turns out that FX may have been on to something when it comes to how they promoted the new season, keeping the theme and the cast a complete secret until the show aired last night. We now know it as “My Roanoke Nightmare,” a series that claims to be inspired by true events and one that harkens back to the legends and mysteries surrounding the Roanoke colony so many centuries before.

Last night’s premiere, at least in the live+same day numbers, drew a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While this is a slight decrease from the premiere of “American Horror Story: Hotel” in the same measure, it is an increase of an insane 80+% from last season’s average. Basically, if the show can retain even half of this number over the course of the rest of the season we feel like it will be considered a huge hit. It is standard practice for this show to lose some momentum, but premiering it earlier in the year may turn out to be an asset this time around.

Quality-wise, we do think there is more of a reason to keep watching than before. While there may be issues, at least this version of “American Horror Story”

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