FX’s “Mayans M.C.” rode into the Tuesday cable ratings in noticeable style this week.

The series premiere of the much-anticipated “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off led the night with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.53 million viewers. Not only did this win the night, though, but it almost perfectly matched the 1.2 rating and 2.53 million viewers that “Sons of Anarchy” premiered with on FX back in 2008. The premiere is currently, the highest-rated episode of any FX show so far this year, but it may be dethroned by the upcoming “Apocalypse” season of “American Horror Story” next week.

Assuming the series can maintain this kind of viewership or even grow it throughout the rest of its season, much like “Sons” did throughout its 7-season run, then “Mayans M.C.” could very well be the hit FX was likely hoping for. Elsewhere, the series premiere of BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story” landed second-highest in the night with a 1.0, while USA’s “WWE Smackdown” was steady with another 0.8.

On Bravo, “Below Deck Mediterranean” maintained its previous 0.5, as did MTV’s “The Challenge: Final Reckoning” (0.5). TBS’ “Wrecked” ticked back up a tenth week-to-week from a 0.3 to a 0.4, while OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” continued its 0.4 streak.

USA’s “The Purge” had a solid series premiere as well, landing in the top 4 of the night with a 0.6 and 1.39 million viewers – making it one of the network’s best series or season debuts so far this year.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 2,534 1.1
BOBBY BROWN STORY, THE BET 9:00 PM 2,173 1.0
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,319 0.8
PURGE, THE USA 10:00 PM 1,389 0.6
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 759 0.5
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,300 0.5
TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME ESPN 7:00 PM 1,680 0.5
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,143 0.4
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 1,844 0.4
WRECKED TBS 10:00 PM 899 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,136 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE FX 7:00 PM 918 0.4
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,124 0.3
OUTDAUGHTERED TLC 9:00 PM 1,433 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,365 0.3
DEADLIEST CATCH SPC DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,135 0.3
HARD KNOCKS 18 HBO 10:00 PM 606 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,337 0.3
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIFETIME 9:00 PM 826 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,547 0.3
DESERT FLIPPERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,264 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,684 0.3
DEVIL SPEAKS, THE INVEST 10:00 PM 1,017 0.3
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,100 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,363 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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