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‘Sons’ given third-season pickup

FX also gives Sutter extension

FX is getting back on the bike and has given a third-season renewal to “Sons of Anarchy.”Move was highly anticipated as the motorcycle club drama starring Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal took off in its just-concluded second season. Tuesday night’s finale drew 4.3 million viewers, the most in series history.

Net has ordered 13 episodes for the new season, which will will launch in September. All series regulars are set to return.

Also, FX has signed a two-year extension with creator Kurt Sutter to exec produce and write for the show.

Season two saw a 66% increase in total viewers over season one, as well as 75% increase in the 18-49 demo. Airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, skein’s 13-week average was tops among men in the 18-49 demo and adults 18-34 in all of cable and broadcast.

Cabler has a full slate of originals on the air and in the pipeline. Third season of Emmy-nominated “Damages” will launch Jan. 25 and final season of “Nip/Tuck” begins Jan. 6.

“Sons,” from Fox 21 and FX Prods. is also exec produced by Art Linson and John Linson.

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