Sons of Anarchy Roars to All-Time Ratings High

The brothers of SAMCRO have become big earners, indeed. FX’s Sons of Anarchy opened its fourth season on Tuesday night with an audience of nearly 5 million total viewers, representing an all-time high for the biker drama. Within that tally, 3.22 million fell into the coveted 18-49 demo.

The show’s previous record for a single episode was set by the Season 2 finale, which delivered 4.32 million viewers.

What’s more, the SOA opener is likely to emerge as the most-watched single episode ever for any FX original series once Live+7 data is available.

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“Last night’s ratings are indicative of the passion the audience has for this wonderful show,” FX president John Landgraf said in a statement. “Kurt [Sutter] has crafted one of the most compelling series on television, with the raw, blow-your-hair-back energy of a wide-open Harley and the subtle complexity of a great book.”

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But what does all of this mean for you, the viewer? Well, not that a blog posting is a a blood pact, but Sutter wrote the other day that if the premiere delivered a bump of 10 percent or more — and it was up 20 percent from the Season 3 opener — he would fly out two superfans to a private screening of Episode 10 at his house. (Tattoo parlor visit not included.)