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STICK A FORK IN IT: RATINGS FOR SONS OF ANARCHY FINALE A WINNER
The Season 6 Finale Was the Most-Watched Finale in the History of the Show
First-Run and Encore Combined to Deliver 6.4 Million Total Viewers and 4.3 Million Adults 18-49
FX Was #1 For the Night in Cable in Total Viewers and All Key Demos
Penultimate 6th Season is Most-Watched Season Ever
Season 7 Will Premiere in Fall 2014
Los Angeles, December 11, 2013 – FX’s smash hit drama series Sons of Anarchy ended its 6th season on a high note, with last night’s 13th episode (12/10/13, 10-11:50PM ET/PT) posting the season’s second-highest rated episode, and the most-watched finale in the history of the show.
The primary episode of the telecast, titled “A Mother’s Work,” was watched by 5.2 million Total Viewers and 3.5 million Adults 18-49, both high marks for a finale in the show’s history. Combined with the encore telecast, 6.4 million Total Viewers & 4.3 Adults 18-49 watched the finale last night.
The season 6 finale was the second highest-rated telecast ever in the history of the series in Adults 18-49, behind only the season 6 premiere episode (9/10/13), which garnered 3.9 million Adults 18-49 and was the highest-rated telecast ever in the history of FX (Live+Same Day).
The finale was the #1 ranked show in cable for the night across all 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demos as well as Total Viewers. Combined with the World Broadcast Premiere of Thor, FX was the #1 network in all of cable last night in the aforementioned demos and Total Viewers.
The 6th season has averaged 7.3 million Total Viewers, making it the highest-rated season ever. In Adults 18-49, the show has averaged 5.0 million Total Viewers, making it the #3 scripted drama in basic cable behind The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad this calendar year.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM, and FXX, its newest channel, which launched in early September 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 96 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans and The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story: Coven; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, and Archer. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.
Source: The Nielsen Company 000s