'Sons of Anarchy' Posts Record Ratings

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September 12th, 2012

via press release:




SOA Season 5 Premiere Records Series Highs

With 5.37 Million Total Viewers and 3.5 Million Adults 18-49


Premiere Telecast and Encore Airings Combine to Deliver

7.5 Million Total Viewers and 4.86 Million Adults 18-49


Sons Was TV’s #1 Show in Tuesday Prime in Men 18-49 and Men 18-34 (Broadcast and Cable)


Cable’s #1 Show Tuesday

in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, and All Male Demos


Television’s #1 Show Tuesday Night in the 10 PM Time Period in All Key Adult Demos


Season 5 Premiere Episode Is Likely to Become Highest-Rated Telecast in FX History


LOS ANGELES, September 12, 2012 – FX’s acclaimed hit drama series Sons of Anarchy set new ratings benchmarks last night as the 90-minute Season 5 premiere episode became the most-watched episode in its history (Live+SameDay), and it is likely to be the most-watched single telecast ever on FX when Live+7 data is made available from The Nielsen Company.


The first-run episode of the Sons Season 5 debut (9/11/12, 10-11:30 PM) delivered 5.37 million Total Viewers, 3.5 million Adults 18-49, and 3.45 million Adults 25-54, marking series highs and posting gains of +10% in Total Viewers, +9% in Adults 18-49, and +14% in Adults 25-54 versus its record-setting fourth-season bow. Last night’s premiere telecast and two encore runs (11:30 PM and 1 AM) combined to deliver 7.5 million Total Viewers and 4.86 million Adults 18-49.


The Season 5 premiere episode of SOA was television’s #1 primetime program (broadcast and cable) in delivery of Men 18-49 (2.15 million) and Men 18-34 (1.18 million).  It was cable’s #1 program on Tuesday in delivery of Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34. It also was In addition, it took television’s top spot in the 10 PM time period, beating everything on the broadcast networks in Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and  Adults 25-54.


“It’s so rare, especially in the current fragmented environment, to see a show grow into its fifth season,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.  “The fact that the season 5 premiere episode is also likely to become FX’s highest rated telecast of all time is a testament to the quality of work Kurt Sutter, the writers, directors, cast and crew have done on this extraordinarily ambitious and riveting drama.”


On a Live+Same Day or Live only basis, last night’s telecast of SOA ranked as FX’s most-watched telecast in its 18-year history in delivery of Men 18-49 (2.15 million) and Men 18-34 (1.18 million).


Previous high ratings (Live+Same Day) for a single episode of Sons of Anarchy were 4.93 million Total Viewers and 3.22 million Adults 18-49, both for the season 4 premiere telecast (9/6/11).


FX has ordered 13 episodes for the fifth season which will air Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT. In next Tuesday’s second episode, “Authority Vested” (Sept. 18), Jax and SAMCRO are challenged as past sins resurface. (Written by Regina Corrado; directed by Peter Weller).


Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter, and is executive produced by Sutter, Paris Barclay John Linson, and Art Linson.  The series is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.


The series stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst, Theo Rossi, and Dayton Callie.  Guest stars this season include Jimmy Smits, Harold Perrineau, David Labrava, Danny Trejo, Benito Martinez, Rockmond Dunbar, Winter Ave Zoli, Michael Marisi Ornstein, Christopher Douglas Reed, and Chuck Zito.


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 illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.

  • The End

    Congrats Sons of Anarchy. Exceeded expectations no doubt.

  • Alienware

    It’s 2.7 right?

  • Barbara

    CONGRATS!!! We KNEW you had this~

  • bubbayesmar

    Hey Kurt, when can I pick up my tickets ???

    Seriously tho, congrats !!!

  • Wickedimp

    And what a first episode….EPIC!!!…can’t wait for next week :)

  • Kathie Wilson

    We watched the first run AND the encore presentation. Great Stuff. Pope should never have left Tig alive, cuz that’s gonna leave a mark….


  • Pierre


    Well deserved that episode was so good last night. For a first episode of the season it was too damn good. The slow build up in season 3 is the reason why season 5 is going to end up being their best season. Kurt Sutter you’re a God bro.

    That’s why Parenthood’s numbers are more legit than The New Normal because Parenthood actually had good competition from SOA.

  • Clare

    Best season ever!! I love SOA!!!

  • iFool

    The best show since The Wire left the air and this season is already proving it.

  • Wow

    I guess this small percent of the population that watchs Son’s of Anarchy are the same small percent that watch child porn. On Sept 11 2012 a TV show that supports & pays real gang members from the USA hells angels known from decades of crimes against women & children.
    Sad 11 years later now gangsters are taking September 11 for their own

  • angel

    CONGRAULATIONS!! Last nights show was awesome! Props to Kim Coates for an incredible scene. You did it again Sutter…WTG!!

  • The End


    Please tell me you’re trolling, there’s no way someone could seriously think people who watch this show support that stuff. People watch this show because it’s entertaining, leave the real life stuff out of it.

    It’s just a TV show. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • PAula

    its the best thing i have ever seen loved it so much im so looking forward to every tuesday night. Congrats Kurt and the cast for all the hard work PLEASE KEEP IT UP

  • Lynn

    Hell ya!!!
    Loveeddddd it!!!!
    Can’t believe I have to wait 7 flipping days!!

  • mary stolfa

    congrats to all involved! I knew you would do it!

  • Melissa

    Congrats to Kurt Sutter and Co for this and what a great episode they produced. Absolutely deserved and I cannot wait for episode 2. They have a lifelong fan in me, I promise :)

  • Karla

    What a great way to start the new season…………There are alot of things that can go either way this season.

    Wow/It is a TV Show and there are far bigger things to troll around and worry about than a TV show. Try it you may become useful.

  • Winks

    Now I want to join a MC. Seriously Kurt, the show is amazing. I can’t wait to watch it every week. Job well done!

  • caseyd

    Wow, its not a small percent.
    I am with you on this.
    More hate, violence and atrocities in the consciousness of america for a buck is not what our world needs.

  • caseyd

    Its entertainment.
    But what ugly entertainment, and yet,it warms the heart of many a large group of people.
    Burning someones child alive,beating women, or sex objects as shown on this show, extreme violence on a constant basis and worshipping the actors who do this– makes me fearful of the minds who create and laugh at it.
    Sorry guys, I know the fans are fearce about this show, but allow another opinion please.

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