Sons of Anarchy Roars Past Broadcast Rivals

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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.

Comments (10)

  • Right on. Last night’s episode was amazing, even I sobbed through the last ten minutes or so.

    Now if the show could only get recognized for the awards it so rightly deserves.

    Comment by Mara – October 3, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last night’s SOA Episode Made Me Like Tara Again :D

    Comment by adam – October 3, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol last night was the first time that I realized I don’t like who Tara is becoming.

      Comment by Rebecca – October 4, 2012 04:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Same feelings here. I liked her before but now that she’s becoming Gemma 2.0 boy, I do not like her at all.

        Comment by Jinjeon – October 4, 2012 05:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree!! Between this weeks and last weeks I finally have some respect for her cause she’s not bouncing back and forth on whether she’s with the club or not. Although I love Gemma I did get irritated watching her have Tara clean up her mess pretty much

      Comment by Jen – October 4, 2012 05:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really enjoy this show. I thought the last few minutes were powerful. I teared up especially after noting that Jax saw the boys on the bikes in the beginning of the show and how it circled back to his photo of him and Opie at the end…
    I don’t like Ashley Tisdale’s Character or the part she plays in this whole saga. She seems a little too, well let’s just say I would never have thought she would be the person they would have chosen for a guest appearance to play a traveling prostitute who is savvy and gritty enough to deal with working in brothels. She just seemed out of place.

    Comment by S. – October 4, 2012 06:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree about Tisdale although kudos to Sutter for taking a chance & casting her in such a role but it didn’t fit for me either. She only did a 2-3 episode arc so she may be done.

      Comment by wrstlgirl – October 4, 2012 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • maybe she’s an undercover cop XD

      Comment by Shaun – October 4, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m tiring of all the Tara/Gemma BS but I understand why it’s pivotal to the story telling. SOA is must see TV for me. I even did the summer marathon from S1 through the end of S4. Watching it all again from the beginning in such a short time, with no breaks, was awesome!

    Comment by wrstlgirl – October 4, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Tara. Always have.
    She has always had the “badass” in her. It’s especially coming out now because she’s fiercely protective of her family with all the crap going on. But I do not want her becoming another Gemma as much as I do not want Jax becoming another Clay.

    Comment by Eliza – October 4, 2012 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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