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'American Horror Story: Coven' premiere casts ratings spell for FX

'American Horror Story: Coven' premiere casts ratings spell for FX
Taissa Farmiga as Zoe in FX's "American Horror Story: Coven." (Michele K. Short / FX)

Some kind of powerful witchcraft gripped the ratings for FX's "American Horror Story: Coven."

Wednesday's premiere of FX's horror miniseries scared up the best numbers yet in the "American Horror Story" franchise, with 5.5 million total viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen.

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That was up more than 40% compared with the premiere of "American Horror Story: Asylum," which drew 3.8 million last year.

Most impressively, in the key demographic of viewers aged 18 to 34 "AHS" was the No. 1 show on TV during prime time Wednesday, beating everything on the broadcast networks. Among viewers aged 18 to 49 -- the demographic that governs most of the TV business -- "AHS" was No. 2, behind only ABC's sitcom smash "Modern Family."

When two later encore showings were included, "AHS" delivered nearly 8 million total viewers for the night.

What did you think of "American Horror Story: Coven"?

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