The final season ride of Sons of Anarchy began with the biggest telecast in FX history.
The biker drama, after drawing 6.2 million total viewers on Sept. 9 for its 10 p.m. premiere on a live+ same-day basis, added some 3 million watchers on a live+3-day gauge to push the total count to 9.25 million. FX said that is most any single telecast has drawn in network history, including live+7 delivery.
Adding in encores, Sons of Anarchy scored 10.62 million viewers, including 6.92 million watchers ages 18-to-49 on a live+3 basis.
Year to date, the show ranks as cable’s number two scripted series, behind The Walking Dead and ahead of Game of Thrones, as seventh-season premier posted more than a 33% gain in viewers over the show's sixth season average, and 11% over last season's debut.
The after-show, follow-up, Anarchy Afterword, featuring host Chris Franjola and guests Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal, aired for the first time live in its entirety on FX (from 11:50 p.m.-12:30 a.m) and delivered 3.98 million total viewers and 2.59 million adults 18 to 49, making it the fourth-ranked program of the day in the demo.
Anarchy Afterword dates are:
September 30 (After Episode Four) – Online and FX
October 21 (After Episode Seven) – Online and FX
December 2 (After Episode 12) – Online and FX
December 9 (After Series Finale) – Live on FX