Season three slightly below season two

“Sons of Anarchy” ended its third season with 3.6 million viewers tuning in, the second most-watched episode of the season after the September premiere.

FX motorcycle club drama is the most-watched show in the history of the cabler and the network gave it a season-four pickup in October. Averages for season three are slightly below season two, but FX was embroiled in a transmission fee dispute with Dish Network that resulted in four episodes not being shown to Dish customers. About 600,000 viewers per episode were shut out of watching “Sons.”

DVR numbers, however, are on the increase and when those are figured in, the two seasons might be relatively even. DVR usage has gone up significantly in the last year and live + 7 figures are, accordingly, on the upswing. This season “Sons” has seen a 40% increase in total viewers when live + 7 numbers are included.

The “Sons” season three premiere drew 4.1 million viewers, with 2.8 million in the 18-49 demo. Tuesday’s episode drew 2.4 million in the demo.

Wednesday offered another FX sign-off as “Terriers” airs its final episode of the season. Although reviews have been strong, especially as the season ramped, up, ratings for the skein have been poor. There’s a strong chance the episode could be a series finale.

Kurt Sutter exec produces “Sons” with John Linson and Art Linson. Skein, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal, is produced by FX Prods. and Fox 21.

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