Sons of Anarchy Roars Past Broadcast Rivals

FX’s Sons of Anarchy, with its fourth episode of Season, 5, scored a 2.88 demo rating this Tuesday night, easily beating its broadcast rivals (as well as topping all of cable).

Among the network offerings, CBS’ freshman drama Vegas scored a 2.0 rating with the 18-49 crowd (as it drew 12.1 million total viewers), while ABC’s Private Practice and NBC’s Parenthood each netted a 1.6.

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Sons also bested ABC, CBS and NBC in the Men 18-49, Adults 18-34, Men 18-34, Women 18-34 and Men 25-54 demos. Among Men 18-49, of which it drew 1.8 million, Sons placed second only to TV’s most watched drama series, NCIS (which this week had a total audience of 18.5 million).

The biker drama’s demo rating, as well as its total audience of 4.6 million viewers, represent its best tallies since the Season 5 opener (which drew 5.4 mil and a 3.3) and its third highest-rated outing ever.

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FX also notes that the Live+7 Day DVR playback numbers are in for the Sons season premiere, and its total audience of 7.2 million matches the network’s 18-year high, while its delivery of the 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demos set network records.