James Hibberd
October 18, 2012 AT 05:45 PM EDT

Is this why ABC’s Nashville and NBC’s Chicago Fire ratings dropped so sharply last night?

FX’s American Horror Story came roaring back for its second season debut. Asylum delivered 3.9 million committed viewers for its first airing at 10 p.m. That’s up 21 percent from the show’s series premiere last year and represents a series high. With a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49, AHS ranked #2 in the hour behind only CSI.

Also, see Tim Stack’s interview with Ryan Murphy about last night’s premiere.

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