FX has picked up two additional seasons of “American Horror Story,” which will take the show almost to the end of the decade.
The announcement came Thursday at the winter TV press tour. The two-season pickup comes on top of the Season 7 renewal announced in October and will keep the series on FX through a ninth season in 2019.
“‘American Horror Story’ launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ — it remains as vital today as when ‘Murder House’ stunned audiences six years ago,” FX chairman John Landgraf says in a statement. “… We are thrilled that [creators] Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated ‘American Horror Story’ for years to come.”
The renewal will make “AHS” FX’s longest-running drama series, passing several shows (“The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Rescue Me”) that ran for seven seasons. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which just started its 12th season, is the overall leader in the FX/FXX family.
Ratings for “AHS: Roanoke” improved slightly on the previous season. The show averaged a 1.6 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 2.93 million viewers, up from 1.5 and 2.89 million in Season 5. “Roanoke” stayed ahead of “Hotel” with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing added, averaging a 3.4 and 6.31 million viewers vs. 3.3 and 6.16 million for “Hotel.”
Season 7 of “American Horror Story” is due to premiere on FX later this year. Seasons 8 and 9 will follow in 2018 and 2019, assuming Murphy and Falchuk stick to their usual schedule.