Anti-Trump-Themed American Horror Story Was The Least Watched Premiere in Five Years

The latest and politically-charged season of American Horror Story had its weakest debut in five years.

Deadline reports that American Horror Story: Cult, which premiered Tuesday night, drew 3.93 million viewers and a 2.02 rating among adults 18-49, which is a 24% drop from last year’s premiere of American Horror Story: Roanoke.

The story AHS: Cult surrounds Sarah Paulson‘s character, whose numerous phobias including her fear of clowns worsens after Donald Trump shocked the world and won the 2016 election last November while at the same time a cult of scary clowns begin a murderous rampage in her town.

This week’s premiere was the worst kickoff for the FX anthology series since its second season back in 2012. American Horror Story: Asylum drew just 3.85 million viewers. The weakest premiere to date is still the 2011 series premiere, which has since been coined as Murder House, that drew 3.18 million viewers.

American Horror Story: Cult marks the show’s seventh season. This year’s cast also includes Evan Peters, Allison Pill, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, and Lena Dunham.


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