FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Returns With Series-High Ratings

Sons of Anarchy Review Season Six

It returns to 5.9 million viewers, tops all of television for the night in 18-49, other key demos

FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” revved up in the ratings Tuesday night, kicking off its sixth season with record highs.

According to Nielsen, the Kurt Sutter-created drama about an outlaw motorcycle club averaged 5.87 million viewers for its premiere, up from 5.37 million for its year-ago premiere and 4.93 for its fourth-season bow in 2011. It was cable’s most-watched program of the night.

FX says that last night’s debut episode of the penultimate season of “Sons” will likely become the #1-rated single telecast in FX history when Live+7 data becomes available in approximately three weeks.

Of course, the show is a demo darling, with more than two-thirds of its audience comprised of adults 18-49. It earned a 3.1 rating (about 3.94 million viewers in the age group, a network series record for Live+Same Day) — up from a 2.8 a year ago and 2.5 two years ago.

“Sons” was the No. 1 program on television for the night in 18-49, with its 3.1 well ahead of runner-up “America’s Got Talent” on NBC (2.3). It also was on top in adults 18-34, adults 25-54, men 18-49, men 18-34, men 25-54, women 18-49 and women 18-34.

Always a big draw with men, “Sons” on Tuesday saw impressive increases of 43% in women 18-34 (to 973,000) and 35% in women 18-49 (to 1.83 million) vs. last year’s premiere.

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  1. valdornasval says:

    I love Charlie. He will be a perfect Christian Grey!!

  2. mary says:

    a first time viewer last eve. Quite a show. I will have to start with season one…to learn the plot line ..characters etc. I watched mainly to see Charlie Hunnam as he will be Christian Grey. He is a very good actor. I look forward to seeing him in the movies he has coming out.

  3. Dave says:

    While the show likely has some morals to its stories, I found last nights premiere to be formulaic and tired. Something is not quite right this season.

  4. Cherylann says:

    You may want to read the article again because that’s what it says.

  5. JOE S HILL says:

    In the six years that “SONS OF ANARCHY” has been running,i was personally appalled by last night’s
    season opener,with the kid,armed with a Tech 9,shooting-up his classroom,,that was disgusting! did
    we forget about Sandy Hook?, that it is still a fresh wound,and whatever Kurt Sutter was thinking,it
    clearly showed! bad enough that the show uses R rated graphics,gory violence,and an all out loathing
    for Human Life by these SAMCRO hoodlums,but to use children as killers?,,not acceptable! Sandy Hook
    is by far,the worst mass shooting in the US-but now,here comes the Sons of Anarchy,feeding off this
    crap,like it was nothing,and we’re supposed to understand just how vile this has to be? sorry,but this crossed the line big time-and to exploit a senseless thing like a school yard shooting,is just disrespectful
    and contemptable! that is utterly grotesque,without mention! seeing the “Tig” charecter drown an Iranian
    guy,in a tub filled with urine,and to have him urinate on the man’s corpse,,what a class act! and for this,
    the season opener got High Ratings? that just killed my respect for any of these charecters,to indulge
    in this kind of mindless violence,and this is okay? i don’t think so!

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