Fox’s FX Posts Record Ratings With ‘American Horror Story’ Debut

FX, the cable outlet owned by 21st Century Fox Inc., said the debut of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” posted the network’s highest ratings ever.

The program, which made its fourth season debut on Oct. 8, attracted an audience of 10 million viewers, including 6.54 million in the younger age group advertisers target, the network said today in an e-mailed statement.

FX, led by John Landgraf, is counting on the popularity of “American Horror Story” to sustain its ratings after “Sons of Anarchy” ends its run in December. That show’s current season debut held the previous ratings record. Fox also said today it renewed “American Horror Story.”

Fox, based in New York, fell 0.1 percent to $32.39 at 1:39 p.m. in New York. Shares of Fox, which also operates Fox News, had declined 7.8 percent this year as of yesterday.

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