The eighth season of “American Horror Story” – titled “Apocalypse” – made its premiere Wednesday night, and easily beat all of the night’s other cable shows.

Like most “AHS” seasons, its return was down from that of its prior season, with the “Apocalypse” premiere scoring a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.08 million viewers – five-tenths lower than the 2.0 that the “American Horror Story: Cult” premiere scored last year. However, in addition to its 1.5 being triple the ratings of any of its Wednesday cable competition, it was also up five-tenths from the “Cult” season finale.

Elsewhere, VH1’s “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” came second in the night, steady with another 0.5. OWN’s “Greenleaf” ticked back up one-tenth from its previous 0.2 to a 0.3, while USA’s “The Sinner” hit a season-low 0.2. Also on USA, “Suits” maintained a 0.3 for the second week in a row.

Following its premiere last week, FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fell two-tenths from a 0.4 to a 0.2.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 3,081 1.5
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 8:00 PM 995 0.5
PROPERTY BROTHERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,837 0.4
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,181 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,367 0.4
GREENLEAF OWN 10:00 PM 1,551 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,723 0.3
FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 903 0.3
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER 8:00 PM 1,406 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,380 0.3
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER 9:00 PM 1,485 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,244 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE INVEST 10:00 PM 1,324 0.3
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER 7:00 PM 1,372 0.3
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER 10:00 PM 1,426 0.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRAVO 9:00 PM 721 0.3
TEEN MOM II MTV 9:00 PM 568 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,635 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,545 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 827 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,797 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,542 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,692 0.3
ARE YOU THE ONE MTV 10:00 PM 472 0.3
SUITS USA 9:00 PM 1,066 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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