Monday, September 15, 2014

'Sons of Anarchy' Season 7 Premiere is the Most-Watched Program in the History of FX

Record ratings for FX's Sons of Anarchy.
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 p.m.) 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 (11:50 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) 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

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