FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Hits Series Highs in Finale

FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' Hits Series

The ladies of “Victoria’s Secret” provided stiff competition, but FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” ended its run on Tuesday night with series-high ratings — and perhaps the largest-ever audience for a telecast on the network.

FX holds off releasing ratings highlights to the press until after three days’ worth of DVR playback can be included, but according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” numbers, “Sons” averaged a series-best 3.3 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 (about 4.22 million in this age group) and 6.39 million viewers overall.

This is especially impressive considering that the finale’s lengthy runtime meant it didn’t end until nearly midnight. Also, it went head-to-head in the 10 o’clock hour with Tuesday’s No. 1 broadcast show in the demo, the highly rated annual CBS special “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (3.4/10 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall).

The previous same-night highs for “Sons of Anarchy” came with its most recent season premiere in September (3.2/10, 6.2 million viewers overall). That episode went on to become FX’s No. 1-rated single telecast in history in “live plus 7” (5.1 in 18-49, 9.81 million total viewers).

“Sons” was a modest ratings performer when it premiered in 2008 but steadily grew throughout its run. Its “live +7” audience has tripled from season one (2.6 million) to season seven (7.8 million prior to last night).

And in 2014, “Sons” ranks second only to AMC’s “The Walking Dead” among all basic cable dramas in adults 18-49.


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  1. AMELIA PEREZ says:


  2. Dirk says:

    I thought Sons was a great show, Season 2 was my favorite. I did not really enjoy the last two seasons, too campy for me personally. At least it ended better than Dexter did. I am mad that I watched the aftershow right after the finale. Was Sutter super nervous or does he not talk to people ever? Jax should have take the mayhem bullet and not been allowed to commit suicide.

  3. Nellie says:

    It is, was and always will be a sick, demented, brutal, best fucking Tuesday night @10:00pm 7yrs of all time!!! Please Kirk Sutter, please have a tell us you already a some brilliant new ride for us. Abel is a young man returning to Charming to find out the truth about his father!!! You sir, are such a freakish ky talented, wicked, creative genius! Simply fucking amazing! Can’t believe the time is here. Loved every minute of this ride! To the entire cast BRILLIANT!!!

  4. Excellent show, I am going to miss Jax k ke crazy…

  5. Josie says:

    Kurt Sutter amazing send off was hoping for another 7 years of S.O.A Bittersweet I feel like I have lost Family members,😥really pulled on my Heartstrings.💔 Amazing Actors the love for each other comes across so powerful on screen.Dont watch much T.V but have never missed an episode of S.O.A in 7 years. Good luck to you all 🙏 Much Love p.s, don’t know what to do on Tuesday nights 😔 no more Teller Tuesday.

  6. Alli says:

    i FEEL SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL BUT I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH IM BUMBED THAT YOUR GONE! I’m so PROUD OF YOU ALL YOUVE ALL GROWN UP AND I KNOW I HAVE OVER THE LAST 7 years day one to the end I’ve been with you all atleast in my own head!?!!?💋💋👀😜👄👄❤️your all the BEST IN THE SOA SERIES IN SI HAPPY FOR FOR ALL OF YOU!!💋💋💋

    • Alli says:

      Im so glad i had this show to watch over 7 years and i wlill miss you all so very much thanks again for all of you and for what you gave us to watch so talented I just love you all thanks thanks tanks 😍

  7. Kayla says:

    The series only has 7 seasons, not 8.

  8. mark says:

    Kurt Sutter has now the power to produce almost anything to at least give it a tenative audience and maybe if he takes his time,the SofA fans will be willing to check out the new stories be they on FX or on the big screens.

  9. vb says:

    Why of course!!, Victoria secret is forever. There’s only 1 SOA thank you Kurt Sutter. SOA has been the buzz all day

  10. Chris Darling says:

    This is good news for all involved. Kurt Sutter proves he’s a masterful storyteller with long-range vision (choices Jax made in season one were still reverberating last night) and Charlie Hunnan shows he’s got the real deal chops by making a truly shitty character into someone we cared about right to the bitter (and Shakespearian) end. I am going to miss these knights of the road.

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