'American Horror Story: Coven' Finale Earns Supreme Ratings


'American Horror Story: Coven' Earns Supreme Ratings


Now that's a viewership worthy of a Supreme. Last night saw the end to Ryan Murphy's magically twisted (and somewhat head-scratching) third installment of 'American Horror Story: Coven.' But whether you were a big fan of the season finale or not, there's one thing that's deadly certain — EVERYBODY tuned in to watch.

The first airing of "The Seven Wonders" delivered 4.2 million viewers, which then rose to an impressive 5.8 million after its repeat broadcast immediately after (3.88 million of them were adults 18-49)That makes 'Coven's the most-watched 'AHS' finale to date!

Of course, this shouldn't come as a complete surprise given that the bewitching season opened with a record-breaking premiere back in October with 5.54 million viewers, leaving the previous highs set in the first and second installments in its dust. But really, these witches wouldn't have it any other way, would they?

And for those interested, here's a breakdown of how all three 'American Horror Story' seasons ranked as a whole by the numbers:

'AHS: Coven' (10/9/13 thru 1/29/14)
Averaged 4 million viewers including DVR

'AHS: Asylum' (10/17/12 thru 1/23/13)
Averaged 2.5 million viewers including DVR

'AHS: Murder House' (10/5 thru 12/21/11)
Averaged 2.8 million viewers including DVR

The series fourth installment will premiere in the fall.

- American Horror Story
- FX

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Jan 30th, 2014, 4:44 pm

Images courtesy of Frank Ockenfels/FX


Message Posted On Feb 8th, 2014, 1:30 pm
Just got around to finally watching the finale and was completely disappointed. Talk about anti-climatic. It had such a great momentum and decided to do nothing with it. All of the key players were either not in it or barely in it at all. There were so many ways it could've been better. Ryan Murphy really dropped the ball on this one.

Message Posted On Feb 2nd, 2014, 3:08 pm
This season started off so promising, yet they were clearly making it up as they went along. Search for a supreme, witch hunters, Axe Man....was there even a plot to follow? Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates were completely wasted. Why was Myrtle hanging around? Did Evan Peters realize he had no dialogue after the first episode? Considering how little interaction Jessica Lange had with the rest of the cast, it felt like all her scenes were filmed at once, then she went on her merry way. Was there ONE class or training session? How were these girls supposed to develop there powers with no training at all? And why didn't that huge house have any furniture in it?

Message Posted On Feb 1st, 2014, 7:28 pm
Zambz, I agree. Coven could have been something really good if the writers knew what they were doing. As I got farther and farther into the season I felt more and more like I was just wasting an hour of my life every week. I adore Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates and I think it was those three ladies that kept me coming back each week. To see their brilliance. And, no, it wasn't just you, Anonymous, but some of the acting in this season was beyond bad. Tessa Farmiga is torture to watch. Emma Roberts basically played a fictional version of her real personality so there wasn't any sort of acting involved there. Half the characters and plots (if you can even call what the so-called writers did as "plots") could have been pulled from this season and it would have been much better. There were more (plot) holes in this season than in a block of Swiss cheese. And all the Stevie Nicks stuff? Her involvement really brought the show down because Murphy got her at the last minute and forced her into the series rather than planning her "role" from the very beginning. The "music video" from the finale just felt odd and out of place. They could have easily have shown the girls preparing with the song playing in the background over having Stevie going through the house doing a horrible lip synching job to an almost 30 year old vocal. The poor quality of this season makes me not want to even watch next season at all. Of course I will since it will be the amazing Jessica Lange's AHS finale. I just hope there's no way Ryan Murphy can turn next season into a big Stevie Nicks fanboi moment. After seeing Coven, I know why I dislike Murphy so much.

Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2014, 9:41 pm
duh. what do u expect. every1 loves a mythical beings like witches. coz its like crack nowadays. ahaha anyways i hope the next season wud b like this again or a little bit like it.

Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2014, 8:56 am
This season started off good, dribbled out in the middle, picked up again and last 2 episodes just disappeared and were a complete waste of my time, just turned into a teen drama. Where did all the cool camera angles go, the suspense, the style? Its like they got bored and slowly but surely the show just gave up.

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Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2014, 5:46 am

I would add to my original comment Bates,Paulson Rabe and Lange's performances throughout the show were top drawer without question but poor Evan Peters must have stepped on a cat somewhere while going under a ladder to be saddled with his "part" and i use that term loosly never has an actor been cast with a part that underused his talents so much he must have despaired while cashing his cheque he'll never have an easier part than that one.


I hope they cull some of the cast for the next series,narrow it down give them a story worthy of the show and dont leave them high and dry with nonsense like this series,high ratings or not.


Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2014, 5:20 am
I don't think this was aimed at a 'teen' audience at all! There was a definite plot line to this story which was severely lacking in season 2. I wish a little more had been done with the voodoo side of things as that's what New Orleans is famous for. This was Jessica Lange's best performance I think...she was brilliant!

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Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2014, 2:39 am

High ratings perhaps but it was a damp squib of an ending. I agree with Fozzie that it's been the worst season. It's as though they decided to go for the teen audience this time around and in the process wrote scripts that ended up going nowhere.


Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2014, 12:10 am
Was it only me who felt like the acting was laughable at sometimes.

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Message Posted On Jan 30th, 2014, 6:26 pm

For my money this has been by far the worst season of AHS a shambles of a show with far to many characters and too little story to do anything with them,give me a show more akin to the first 2 season and the happier i'll be that was classy and it has to be said utterly bonkers tv both season s had flashes of brilliance in them this one had flashes of comedy and very little else,stories started and just not finished such a shame i hope for better next time out.