‘Sons of Anarchy’ premiere hits record

5.3 million tune in to season five of FX's motorcycle club drama

“Sons of Anarchy” hit an all-time ratings high with its season five premiere Tuesday night.

FX’s motorcycle club drama drew a record 5.3 million overall viewers, as well as a series best 3.5 million in the 18-49 demo (2.8 rating). In the 25-54 demo, the telecast drew 3.4 million.

When combining the original 10 p.m. airing and two encore showings, “Sons” accumulated 7.5 million viewers and 4.8 million in 18-49.

“It’s so rare, especially in the current fragmented environment, to see a show grow into its fifth season,” said FX topper John Landgraf. “The fact that the season five premiere episode is also likely to become FX’s highest-rated telecast of all time is a testament to the quality of work Kurt Sutter, the writers, directors, cast and crew have done on this extraordinarily ambitious and riveting drama.”

Show stars Charlie Hunnam as the leader of the Northern California Samcro biker club, a group whose members must constantly navigate a life of crime and personal crisis.

FX has ordered 13 episodes this season. Series was created by Sutter, who exec produces with Paris Barclay (who directed the episode), John Linson and Art Linson. Show is produced by Fox 21 and FX Prods.