Tuesday’s 90-minute season two finale of FX’s critically acclaimed drama Sons of Anarchy was cable’s number-one program for the night, delivering 4.33 million total viewers and 2.99 million Adults 18-49. It was also the top-rated show on television in the 10:00 PM time period among Men 18-49 (1.92 million) and Men 18-34 (1.09 million), beating all three broadcast networks. The episode was the most-watched ever for Sons, surpassing its season two premiere (4.29 million total viewers).
On the heels of its stellar performance this season, FX President and General Manager John Landgraf announced that the network has ordered 13 episodes for the show’s third season, which is scheduled to begin in September 2010. Creator/Executive Producer Kurt Sutter reached a deal on a two-year extension to continue his services as showrunner/writer on Sons. All series regulars are in place to return next season. Sons of Anarchy is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.
In addition to taking cable’s top spot Tuesday among total viewers, Adults 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, the season finale, written and directed by Sutter, was also number one in delivery of Adults 18-34 (1.57 million), Women 18-49 (1.06 million), Adults 25-54 (2.77 million), Men 25-54 (1.71 million), and Women 25-54 (1.06 million).
For its 13-episode second season, Sons averaged 3.67 million total viewers and 2.56 million Adults 18-49, which represented respective gains of +66% and +75% versus season one averages. Sons of Anarchy is basic cable’s top scripted series for 2009 in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49.
During its 13-week run, the second season of Sons of Anarchy was television’s #1 series in the Tuesday 10:00 PM time period in average delivery of Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 (BROADCAST and CABLE).
“The success of Sons of Anarchy is very gratifying and the show has become a bona-fide hit,” said Landgraf. “The critics have recognized Sons as one the best series on television, and the show has earned its place alongside FX’s great drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me and Damages. Creatively, this season was spectacular and all credit goes to Kurt and the incredible cast led by Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman.”
Sutter said, “This has been a wonderful ride and we’re just getting started. I’m really proud of the work by our incredible cast and crew. The response this season from the fans and critics has been terrific and I can’t wait to get back to the writer’s room and start on season three.”
Sons of Anarchy posted significant gains across all demos and those gains were driven equally among men and women. Ratings Information Listed Below (ratings in 000s).
P2+ A18-49 M18-49 W18-49
Season 2 3667 2564 1617 947
Season 1 2206 1461 914 547
%change +66% +75% +77% +73%
A18-34 M18-34 W18-34
Season 2 1346 869 477
Season 1 801 519 282
%change +68% +67% +69%
A25-54 M25-54 W25-54
Season 2 2398 1473 925
Season 1 1329 822 507
%change +80% +79% +82%
With the one-two punch of the Son of Anarchy finale and the broadcast premiere of Live Free or Die Hard, FX was the number-one ranked network on basic cable for the night in primetime (8-11 PM) in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.15 million) ahead of #2 ranked ABC Family (1.38 million) by +56%.
FX will air encore telecasts of the Sons season two finale on Thursday, December 3 at midnight, Friday, December 4 at 11:00 PM ET/PT, and on Sunday, December 6 at 11:00 PM ET/PT.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy is an adrenaline drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club (MC) and its desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that: charming. The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, hate groups and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 96 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and films, an established film library with box-office hit movies from 20th Century Fox and other major studios that run in prime time and an impressive lineup of acquired hit series.