“Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The League” Finales Strong for FX

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In its 5th season, “It’s Always Sunny…”  viewing with adults 18-34 was up almost 50 percent over season 4.

via press release — sorry about some of the wacky formatting with the tables — they looked very pretty in what FX sent out, but they have been stretch-o-fied, but there is a lot of data on the season averages and prior seasons in the release and I wanted to include it!:


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ends Fifth Season As Most-Watched Season Ever Among All Demos

The League Finishes First Season With the Finale Being Second Most-Watched Episode Ever

Both Shows Renewed And Will Be Back On FX Next Year

LOS ANGELES, December 11, 2009 – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League ended their seasons on a ratings high note, as Thursday’s season five finale of Sunny was the top-rated show on cable in Adults 18-34 (1.31 million) and Men 18-34 (1.01 million), marking an all-time series high for Men 18-34.  The season one finale of The League drafted 1.20 million total viewers and 963,000 Adults 18-49, the series’ second-highest totals in those categories.

Sunny’s finale brought in 1.68 million Adults 18-49 and 1.24 million Men 18-49 – making it #2 for the night in all of cable in those categories behind the Steelers vs. Browns game on the NFL Network – and 2.13 million total viewers.  For its 12-episode fifth season, Sunny averaged 1.79 million total viewers, 1.42 million Adults 18-49 and 1.10 million Adults 18-34, which represented respective gains of +36%, +52% and +49% versus season four averages and marked the highest numbers ever for the series.

Sunny’s fifth season was its most-watched ever.  The chart below provides a comparison to its prior season.

P2+                         A18-49                   M18-49                  W18-49

Season 5                                               1794                       1418                       960                         459

Season 4                                               1318                       935                         569                         366

Season 3                                               1278                       967                         571                         395

Season 2                                               1243                       832                         502                         330

Season 1                                               1139                       747                         424                         323

%change Season 5 vs. 4                  +36%                      +52%                      +69%                      +25%

A18-34                   M18-34                  W18-34

Season 5                                               1107                       752                         354

Season 4                                               745                         457                         288

Season 3                                               706                         431                         276

Season 2                                               522                         314                         209

Season 1                                               419                         231                         188

%change Season 5 vs. 4                  +49%                      +65%                      +23%

For its 6-episode first season, The League averaged 1.09 million total viewers, 880,000 Adults 18-49 and 680,000 Adults 18-34.  Compared to the first season averages of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, these represent gains of +18% in Adults 18-49 and +62% in Adults 18-34.

The League posted gains over the first season of Sunny.  Ratings Information Listed Below (deliveries in 000s).

A18-49                   M18-49                  A18-34                   M18-34

The League Sn.1                                 880                         626                         680                         499

Sunny Sn. 1                                          747                         424                         419                         231

% difference                                        +18%                      +48%                      +62%                      +116%

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

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