If you were wondering how well Sons of Anarchy would do on its return, FX has big news… the show killed. Which, is actually something that I guess I shouldn’t say, given the fact that the show’s controversial subject matter instantly sent social media into a circus.
If you’re a fan, it’s certainly good news.
What did you think of the episode? Too much? Overplayed? Insensitive? A lot of opinions are swarming around this one.
SONS OF ANARCHY IS TELEVISION’S #1 SHOW ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Tops All Broadcast and Cable Programs in Delivery of Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54,
Men 18-49, Men 18-34, Men 25-54, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34
Season 6 Premiere Records 5.87 million Total Viewers, 3.94 Million A18-49, 2.0 Million A18-34
Posting Significant Gains Across the Board Versus Season 5 Debut Including
+13% in A18-49 and A25-54, +43% in Women 18-34, and +35% in Women 18-49
Will Likely Rank as the Top-Rated Single Program in FX History on Live+7
Sons’ Premiere and Encore Telecasts Combine to Deliver
8.09 Million Total Viewers and 5.30 Million A18-49
The sixth season premiere episode of Sons of Anarchy (9/10/13, 10-11:33 PM) was television’s #1-rated program on Tuesday – broadcast and cable – in delivery of Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-49 and 18-34, and Women 18-49 and 18-34, and it posted healthy increases over its fifth season debut. Additionally, last night’s debut episode of the penultimate season of Sons of Anarchy will likely become the #1-rated single telecast in FX history when Live+7 data becomes available in approximately three weeks.
The Season 6 premiere recorded 5.87 million Total Viewers, 3.94 million A18-49 (3.1 rtg), 2.0 million A18-34 (2.9 rtg), and 3.90 million Adults 25-54 (3.3 rtg). Compared with its Season 5 debut (9/11/12, 10-11:31PM), those are increases of +9% in Total Viewers (5.37 million), +13% in A18-49 (3.51 million), +6% in Adults 18-34 (1.86 million), +13% in A25-54 (3.45 million). The increases were astounding among Women 18-34 (973,000, 2.9 rtg) and Women 18-49 (1.83 million. 2.9 rtg), +43% and +35% respectively versus year ago (680,000 and 1.35 million). It delivered 2.12 million Men 18-49 (3.4 rtg) and 1.01 million Men 18-34 (3.0 rtg).
The premiere telecast and encore runs combined to deliver 8.09 million Total Viewers and 5.30 million Adults 18-49.
On a Live+Same Day basis, last night’s delivery of Adults 18-49 for SOA was the most of any program in FX’s history. On a Live+7 basis, the Season 5 premiere telecast of Sons of Anarchy ranks as the most-watched program ever for FX with 7.15 million Total Viewers and 4.80 million Adults 18-49.
On a Live+Same Day basis, last night’s Sons of Anarchy is the second highest-rated scripted series cable season premiere this year in Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, and Adults/Men/Women 25-54.
In next week’s episode, “One One Six” (Airs September 17, 10:00 pm e/p), Jax (Charlie Hunnam) deals with collateral damage as external pressure continues to stack up against SAMCRO. (Written by Chris Collins & Adria Lang; directed by Peter Weller).