'Sons of Anarchy' Posts Record Ratings

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September 12th, 2012

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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.

  • silvit


    Oh,as if milquetoast shows like NCIS and Criminal Minds or Desperate Housewives don’t show the same “values”… At least SOA do it with consequences on the characters and the plots, unlike these other shows.

  • Coop

    I watch Sons of Anarchy, but I don’t watch child porn. It’s a television show. A highly entertaining one at that. Trying to draw comparisons between the shows someone watches and their state of mind is laughable.

  • caseyd

    Nope silvit, dont watch those shows.
    And yes, you are right, conequences.
    Just a different perception of what people are thrilled about nowdays, s’all. Enjoy.

  • SarahL

    I am not a fan, but I watched for Jimmy Smits and my boy from Oz, Harold Perrineau. Not bad. I will be watching to see how their stories unfold.

  • Mike B.

    Congrats to Kurt Sutter and his gang!!

    FYI. SOA S05E01 torrent is on absolute fire, buring up hotter than Tig’s daughter ;)`

  • SAG1215

    Some critics here…know an awful lot of the details of the show..not to have watched it. Then comes to the website it to insite a riot among the
    views who like the show…some people like to be dramakings and queens.

    The show is tops in my book..I even watched it the 2nd time it came on at
    11:30…Keep it coming!


    Great! I predicted 2.5>

  • caseyd

    If your speaking of me, of course I have watched the show. I would not give an opinion had I not.
    Riot? Really? For a different opinion from yours?
    Hey, thought this was America

  • The End


    Casey, aka Wow. Do you not understand this is just a TV show? Entertainment? Actors who get paid to play the role and nothing more?

    There is no deep meaning behind people watching the show. I don’t understand why you’re trying to turn this into an issue of morality. Just because someone watches a TV show doesn’t mean they’re a bad person. You’re pretty much insulting anyone who likes the show with what you’re saying and really, you need to stop.

  • Sunshine

    What actor plays Pope please?

  • Holly



  • Sunshine


    Thanks :mrgreen:

  • Sheila

    great start to another great season a show just for us adults yeah !!not for the kids!

  • geo

    caseyd you should have been aborted.

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