Every series of American Horror Story ranked ahead of season 10 – and the results are suprising

AMERICAN Horror Story's anthology format has long been a subject of debate among fans.

The terrifying series, created by Ryan Murphy, takes on a different theme each season, but uses an ensemble cast who switch roles, along with some guest stars.

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Dedicated viewers are quick to profess their favourite seasons on social media, gushing over the most gruesome moments and dastardly characters.

While of course, this is all subjective, a new survey has produced an official ranking across all nine seasons.

The Series Survival Scorecard, created by CasinoCountdown, looks at the likelihood of current TV shows getting cancelled or renewed based on their similarities to previously long-running series when it comes to duration, format and critical reception.

The study found that based on the form and acclaim of some of the most popular long-running shows – including Downton Abbey, Friends and Game of Thrones – the ideal TV show should span 156 episodes at an average of 37 minutes long, and hold an IMDb score of 8.4/10 with 196 combined award nominations and wins. 


In entirety, American Horror Story bears a 65% similarity to the perfect show, meaning it's unlikely to get axed anytime soon.

However, not all series are rated equally, meaning there's a leaderboard when it comes to each installment's success.

According to the data Roanoke is the worst series to date, followed by 1984, Apocalypse and Cult.

Meanwhile Freak Show takes the top spot, followed by Hotel, Coven, Asylum and Murder House.

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See below for the full ranking:

  1. Freak Show (series 4)
  2. Hotel (series 5)
  3. Coven (series 3)
  4. Asylum (series 2)
  5. Murder House (series 1)
  6. Cult (series 7)
  7. Apocalypse (series 8)
  8. 1984 (series 9)
  9. Roanoke (series 6)

Fans may be surprised by the results, as looking at just the IMDb scores across all series shows that it’s Asylum that fans rate the highest with a score of 8.5, while Cult holds the lowest rating at a still respectable 7.4 out of 10.

When it comes to which episodes are the best, the data shows that of the top series – Freak Show – it’s episode 10, Orphan, that fans prefer, while episode six, Bullseye, is the most likely to be skipped.

However, across the whole nine series it’s episode six of Apocalypse – Return to Murder House – that holds the highest rating of 9.4/10, while the finale of Roanoke is supposedly the least worth watching.


The study follows the announcement of the spin-off show American Horror Stories.

Meanwhile new clues have been dropping thick and fast about the theme for season 10.

So far we've seen a deadly set of fangs and a woman's face cracked and covered in spiders.

American Horror Story is available to stream on Netflix now.

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