Even before the sixth episode of “American Horror Story” aired on FX, there were widespread reports out there that there would be a big twist at the center of the show. It marked a rather-wonderful opportunity to re-center the show following much of the “My Roanoke Nightmare” craze, and mark a rare chance for this show, right in the middle of a season, to hype something up that was new and exciting.
Unfortunately, we cannot quite say that this move, which included the arrival of Cheyenne Jackson and a new show-within-a-show entitled “Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell,” led to much in the way of a ratings boost at all. This latest episode drew a season-low-tying 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic; while it didn’t lose many viewers, it did not exactly gain many either.
For those of you out there who are still keeping track of the week-to-week comparisons between this show and “Hotel” last year, as of right now we’re about even. We do think that “Roanoke” will finish out ahead of last year’s season by a good margin, and it’s thanks to a few simple things: A better overall story, not airing over the course of the holiday season, and having fewer episodes as a whole. We’ve only got four more episodes to go this season, and we should be packed away by the time we make it to the Thanksgiving holiday.
We understand that there’s nothing really that comes out of the ratings investigations with this show beyond our own self-indulgence. It’s been clear for a little while now that FX still loves the franchise, and it’s been renewed already for a seventh season.
For some other news regarding “American Horror Story,” head over to the link here to see one of our latest theories on the show! (Photo: FX.)