FX’s biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” returned for its sixth season on Wednesday night, the premiere riding away with 5.87 million viewers. That’s up 9% on last year’s premiere.
With the encore that number jumped to 8.09 million viewers. The season opener also drew complaints from conservative watchdog groups for some of its shocking scenes which were dubbed “horrifically violent and disturbing material.”
More interesting though is the advertiser-coveted key adults 18-49 demographic. The show pulled in 3.94 million viewers in the key demo, the highest rating for not just all cable but all free-to-air broadcast shows for the night.
The show also scores big numbers boosts through DVR usage, with the Live+Seven Day returns expected to showcase this as the FX network’s top-rated single telecast ever.
The show is the most watched original series on FX, ahead of other acclaimed fare on the network like “Justified,” “American Horror Story,” “Archer,” “Louie,” “The Americans,” “Wilfred” and “The Bridge”.
Source: The Live Feed