FX’s acclaimed hit drama series Sons of Anarchy roared back into action last night as the 90-minute season four premiere episode became the most-watched episode in the series’ history (Live+SameDay), and it is likely to be the most-watched single episode ever for an FX original series when Live+7 data is available from The Nielsen Company.
The first-run episode of Sons (Sept. 6, 10-11:30 PM) delivered 4.94 million Total Viewers and 3.22 million Adults 18-49, which were gains of +20% in Total Viewers and +15% among Adults 18-49 versus its third-season bow.
Last night’s premiere telecast and two encore runs (11:30 PM and 1 AM) combined to deliver 7.25 Million Total Viewers and 4.76 Million Adults 18-49, which marked respective increases of +28% in Total Viewers (5.66 million) and +24% in Adults 18-49 (3.84 million) over the season three premiere multi-telecast delivery (9/7/10).
“I want to thank Kurt Sutter and our amazing cast and crew for a job well done, along with our programming, marketing and publicity departments,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. “Last night’s ratings are indicative of the passion the audience has for this wonderful show. Kurt has crafted one of the most compelling series on television, with the raw, blow-your-hair-back energy of a wide open Harley and the subtle complexity of a great book.”
The previous high in Total Viewers for a single episode of Sons was the season two finale which delivered 4.32 million Total Viewers (12/1/09), and the previous high in Adults 18-49 was 3.03 million for the season two premiere episode (9/8/09).
Sons also posted series-high deliveries last night in households (3.42 million), Women 18-49 (1.325 million), Adults 18-34 (1.8 million), Women 18-34 (746,000), Adults 25-54 (3.03 million), and Women 25-54 (1.34 million).
Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter, and is executive produced by Sutter, John Linson, Art Linson and Paris Barclay. The series is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.