'Sons of Anarchy' Revs Best Premiere With 5.9 Million Viewers

Biker Drama's Sixth Season Debut Up 9% from Last Year's Bow

FX's Sons of Anarchy roared back with an average 5.87 million total viewers watching its season premiere on Tuesday at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen, its best ever season opening audience.

The sixth season debut of the Kurt Sutter biker drama was up 9% from its season five premiere, which was also a series high at the time. Additionally, the 93-minute episode drew 3.94 million adults 18-49 and 3.9 million adults 25-54, up 13% in each measure, and ranked first in its time period on broadcast and cable in both demos.

Compared with its repeat airings, the episode averaged 8.09 million total viewers and 5.3 million adults 18-49. FX expects it to become the network'smost-watched single telecast when live + 7 data becomes avialable in three weeks.

This season is the penultimate one for Sons of Anarchy, which is set to end after seven seasons.