×

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Final Season Premiere Breaks Ratings Record

FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” delivered monster — and series-high — ratings as it returned Tuesday night to kick off its seventh and final season, including the highest young-adult rating of any   entertainment series telecast since the spring.

While it’s FX’s policy to hold off releasing ratings highlights to the press until after at least three days’ worth of DVR playback can be included, the “live plus same-day” numbers are still released by Nielsen. And according to those estimates, “Sons” averaged a 3.2 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall — especially impressive considering that its long 110-minute run time meant it didn’t end until 11:50 p.m.

In both categories, Tuesday’s “Sons” return breaks the Kurt Sutter-created show’s previous record set with its sixth-season premiere a year ago (3.1 demo rating, 5.87 million), an episode that became the network’s No. 1-rated single telecast in history in “live plus 7” data (full week’s worth of DVR playback).

“Sons” was the No. 1 program on television Tuesday night in 18-49, with its 3.2 well ahead of runner-up “Big Brother” on CBS (2.3). In fact, it was No. 1 in every 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 breakdown — men and women (tying with “Big Brother” in women 25-54). In total viewers for the night, only reality vets “America’s Got Talent” and “Big Brother” drew a higher average.

No ad-supported scripted telecast has delivered a higher 18-49 rating than last night’s “Sons of Anarchy” since the season finale of ABC’s “Modern Family” in late May (3.7). And no ad-supported drama has done better since the “Scandal” finale on ABC in April (3.4). (The season finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” did a 3.8 same-night rating in June.)

FX also scored late Tuesday with its “Anarchy Afterword” special, which averaged a 1.4 demo rating and 2.64 million viewers overall from 11:50 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

More TV

  • Mike Fleiss

    ‘The Bachelor’ Creator Mike Fleiss Accused of Attacking Wife

    “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” creator Mike Fleiss has been accused of attacking his wife Laura Fleiss at their home in Hawaii on July 4, according to documents obtained by Variety. The documents show that Laura Fleiss, who is currently pregnant, filed for an emergency domestic violence restraining order against her husband after he allegedly [...]

  • James Cordon Drag Race Handmaids Tale

    Emmys Trivia: 20 Surprising Facts From 2019's Nominations

    For a show that technically wasn’t eligible at the Emmy Awards in 2019, “The Handmaid’s Tale” did quite well this year. The Hulu drama picked up 11 nominations, including major ones like outstanding directing, writing, guest actress and guest actor, thanks to a quirk in the TV Academy’s Emmy rules. As previously noted, most of [...]

  • 'Schitt's Creek' Emmy Nominations Give Boost

    'Schitt's Creek' Emmy Nominations Give Boost to Pop's Profile

    The core executive team at Pop TV expected to be disappointed, but they still gathered at the CBS-owned cable channel’s Playa Vista offices early Tuesday morning for the reveal of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. They were not disappointed. “Schitt’s Creek,” the quirky comedy series that has punched above its weight for Pop since [...]

  • Beyonce-HOMECOMING-Netflix

    Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne

    Beyoncé and Sara Bareilles could add Emmy trophies to their awards shelves this year, having been nominated in key music categories Tuesday by the Television Academy. Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” special on Netflix was nominated in six categories, and four of those include a nod for the pop superstar herself. Only one of those is in a [...]

  • Disney Content Sales President Janice Marinelli

    Disney Content Sales President Janice Marinelli to Depart

    Janice Marinelli, president of global sales and marketing at Walt Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international segment, said Tuesday that she would step down from her role after a 34-year career at the company. “It has been an honor to work for this company and a privilege to work with so many outstanding professionals,” said Marinelli in [...]

  • Dusty Slay

    Late-Night Bookers Take to the Internet in Search of Emerging Comics

    With Netflix releasing a comedy special every week and YouTube offering a portal into both cutting-edge performance and the best comedy sets in history, it’s never been easier for audiences to access an endless stream of standup. But for fledgling comics, there’s still no more game-changing showcase than a five-minute slot on a late-night talk [...]

  • CBS HEADQUARTERS

    CBS Warns DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse May Drop Network

    Some of CBS Corp.’s biggest stations and its flagship network could be dropped from AT&T’s various cable and satellite services if a carriage agreement between the companies is not reached by July 19. “CBS has reached timely, fair agreements with hundreds of other cable, satellite, telco and internet providers to carry our industry-leading, fan-favorite programming,”  [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content