With its final season now on the road, Sons Of Anarchy is getting some serious traction. First of all, the September 9 seventh and final season debut marked a series ratings high for the Kurt Sutter-created biker drama in those Live+Same Day numbers that FX no longer reports. The nearly two-hour premiere had 6.2 million viewers at 10 PM with 4.1 million among adults 18-49.

With Live+3 numbers, the season opener has shifted into a whole new gear: the time-shifted results show 9.25 million total viewers watching the first broadcast of the premiere with 6.1 million in the demo, an almost 50% leap in both total viewers and the demo from Live+SD. It’s also up 11% from the 8.32 million total viewers and by about the same from the 5.45 million in the demo that SOA’s Season 6 debut got in Live+3 results last September.

The latest numbers solidify the SOA Season 7 debut as the most-watched show ever in FX’s history. Over all its plays, the SOA S7 opener had 10.62 million viewers and 6.92 million in 18-49s. Taking DVR figures into account, the sixth season of SOA  averaged 7.48 million viewers with 5.11 million among adults 18-49. Currently, that’s the most-watched season of a FX original series in terms of total viewers and the key demo in the cabler’s two decade history. However, the Live+3 results for the Season 7 debut are showing jumps of 33% and 28% in overall viewers and amongthe 18-49s, respectively.

Now let’s see what those Live + 7 numbers and future episodes say next.