[NOTE: ALL RATINGS DATA BASED ON LIVE+3 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED]
FX RIDES "SONS OF ANARCHY" TO RECORD RATINGS
Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Premiere is the Most-Watched Program in the History of FX
SOA's First-Run Episode Posts 9.25 Million Total Viewers and 6.1 Million Adults 18-49
and Its Premiere and One Encore Telecast Combine to Deliver
10.62 Million Total Viewers and 6.92 Million A18-49
Ranks as Cable's #2 Scripted Series Premiere of 2014
Behind The Walking Dead and Ahead of Game of Thrones
Season 7 Premiere Posts Gains of +33% in Total Viewers and +28% in A18-49 vs. Season 6 Average
and Gains of +11% in Total Viewers and +10% in A18-49 vs. Its Season 6 Debut
Sons of Anarchy's Post-Telecast Talk Show Anarchy Afterword
Ranked as Cable's #2 Program on Tuesday With
3.98 Million Total Viewers and 2.59 Million Adults 18-49
LOS ANGELES, September 15, 2014 - Scaramouche, Scaramouche!!! Sons of Anarchy fans did the fandango last Tuesday night as the seventh and final season premiere episode of Sons of Anarchy became the most-watched program in the history of FX in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (all telecasts and that includes Live+7 data).
The primary telecast (9/9/14, 10-11:50 PM) delivered 9.25 million Total Viewers and 6.1 million Adults 18-49. The premiere telecast and encore runs combined to deliver 10.62 million Total Viewers and 6.92 million Adults 18-49.
The Season 7 premiere of Sons ranks #2 among all scripted series debuts on cable this year (CY 2014-to-date) in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 behind The Walking Dead and ahead of Game of Thrones.
The show was television's #1-ranked program last Tuesday - broadcast and cable - in delivery of Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, and Adults 25-54, and all men and women among those age demos. In Adults 18-49, it beat the #2 program, Big Brother on CBS, by +67% (6.1 million vs. 3.65 million).
Compared to its Season 6 average delivery, the Season 7 premiere posted increases of +33% in Total Viewers (9.25 million vs. 6.98 million) and +28% in Adults 18-49 (6.1 million vs. 4.77 million), and gains of +11% in Total Viewers (9.25 million vs. 8.32 million) and +10% in Adults 18-49 (6.1 million vs. 5.55 million) versus its Season 6 premiere telecast.
Compared to its series premiere in 2008, the final season premiere episode of Sons of Anarchy has grown an astounding +228% in Total Viewers (9.25 million vs. 2.82 million) and +256% in Adults 18-49 (6.1 million vs. 1.71 million).
The Season 7 premiere recorded 9.25 million Total Viewers, 6.1 million Adults 18-49 (4.8 rating), 2.81 million Adults 18-34 (4.1 rating), and 6.24 million Adults 25-54 (5.2 rating). Compared with its Season 6 debut (9/10/13, 10-11:33PM), those are increases of +11% in Total Viewers, +10% in Adults 18-49, +4% in Adults 18-34, +9% in Adults 25-54.
Anarchy Afterword, the post-show featuring host Chris Franjola and guests Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal, aired for the first time live in its entirety on FX (11:50PM-12:30AM) and delivered 3.98 million Total Viewers and 2.59 million Adults 18-49, making it the #4-ranked program of the day in Adults 18-49.
In tomorrow night's episode, "Toil and Till" (Airs September 16, 10:00 pm e/p), SAMCRO solicits help from another Charter to get a messy job done. Written by Charles Murray & Kurt Sutter; Directed by Billy Gierhart.
Air dates for the remaining Anarchy Afterword are as follows:
September 30 (Following Episode Four) - Online and FXNOW
October 21 (Following Episode Seven) - Online and FXNOW
December 2 (Following Episode 12) - Online and FXNOW
December 9 (Following Series Finale) - Live on FX
About Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC's familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegal arms business driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood. In Season Six, Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam) has finally solidified his leadership of Sons of Anarchy by murdering Clay Morrow, his stepfather, for past sins. Season Six ends with his formidable mother Gemma, committing an unpardonable sin. Unbeknownst to Jax, she brutally murders his wife, Dr. Tara Knowles, thinking she's protecting the club. Juice Ortiz kills Sheriff Eli Roosevelt to protect Gemma. Season Seven begins ten days later with Jax in jail on a parole violation, grappling with the loss of the woman he loved. With the club's full support, he sets in motion the brutal machinations that will lead to complete and merciless retribution.
The series stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera and Drea de Matteo.
Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter, and is executive produced by Sutter, Paris Barclay, Chris Collins, John Linson, and Art Linson. The series is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.
SOURCE: The Nielsen Company, Live+3
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of Fox Networks Group. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX, its newest channel, which debuted on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 95 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, The Bridge, Tyrant and The Strain; the miniseries American Horror Story; the critically-acclaimed limited series Fargo; the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie and Archer; and new scripted comedies Married and You're The Worst, and recently ordered The Comedians and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and Mike & Molly.