As FX expands to a streaming platform this year, with FX on Hulu, the network is making sure its most popular series will continue to be a mainstay on its linear channel for the next three years.
FX has given a three-season renewal to American Horror Story, its anthology horror series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the network said today at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
The pickup, which covers Seasons 11-13, is in addition to the previous order for Season 10, which will air this fall. That will keep American Horror Story on FX through at least 2023—the same year that Murphy’s lucrative five-year deal with Netflix will be up. (Under the terms of that deal, he continues to be involved with American Horror Story and his other FX and Fox shows, including Pose, 9-1-1 and American Crime Story.)
FX said American Horror Story has averaged 9.8 million viewers per episode in multiplatform viewing during its nine seasons. Its 103 episodes have racked up 1.01 billion total viewers.
“Ryan and Brad are the undisputed masters of horror TV, having created the anthological limited series with American Horror Story and sustaining its success for nearly a decade as FX’s highest-rated series,” said FX chairman John Landgraf.
Each American Horror Story season tackles an entirely different theme and setting, though often features many of the same cast playing new roles. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts and Jessica Lange are among the actors who have appeared in multiple seasons of the show.
FX is shoring up its linear lineup as it prepares to launch the FX on Hulu banner this spring, which will bring several original series developed for FX exclusively to the streaming service. Additionally, all FX original series will be available to stream on Hulu the day after their linear debuts.