The 90-minute Season 5 premiere of FX’s drama series Sons Of Anarchy drew 5.37 million viewers and 3.5 million adults 18-49 last night, the largest Live+Same Day audiences in the series’ history. Sons Of Anarchy was up 10% in total viewers and 9% in adults 18-49 from the previous ratings record holder, the show’s fourth-season premiere. FX projects that when Live+7 data becomes available, the SOA fifth-season premiere will likely rank as the most-watched single telecast ever on the network.
Last night’s premiere telecast and two encore runs (11:30 PM and 1 AM) combined to deliver 7.5 million total viewers and 4.86 million adults 18-49. SOA‘s premiere airing was television’s No. 1 primetime program (broadcast and cable) in men 18-49 (2.15 million) and men 18-34 (1.18 million) last night. It was cable’s No. 1 program on Tuesday in total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54, men 18-49 and men 18-34.