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Thursday, December 18, 2008

FINAL DVR DATA REVS UP RATINGS FOR FX FROSH DRAMA SONS OF ANARCHY

A little Happy Holiday news I wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who stuck with the show and made it a success. Have a safe and sane holiday. LOS ANGELES, December 18, 2008 Based on final ratings, FX's critically acclaimed freshman drama series Sons of Anarchy has proven itself to be a worthy successor to the network's award-winning drama series The Shield, which completed its historic seven season run last month. With the Live +7 ratings factored in from Nielsen Media Research on a multi-telecast basis, Sons of Anarchy delivered a weekly average audience of 5.83 million total viewers (jumping 16% vs. the Live numbers) and 3.9 million Adults 18-49 (up 18% vs. the Live numbers), the highest ratings of any new series on FX since the network's hit series Rescue Me, which debuted in 2004. On a first-run basis the series averaged 2.6 million total viewers and 1.75 million Adults 18-49. For calendar-year 2008 on a first-run basis, Sons significantly surpassed new and returning basic cable shows on delivery of Adults 18-49 including Saving Grace (1.59 million), Battlestar Galactica (1.58 million), Eureka (1.42 million), Raising the Bar (1.37 million), The Cleaner (1.11 million), Mad Men (879,000) and Breaking Bad (821,000). Sons of Anarchy showed incredible consistency on a week-to-week basis and actually saw audience growth over the final two episodes, hitting its peak with the season finale (episode 13), which delivered 3 million total viewers on its first run. The second-to-last episode (episode 12) delivered the most Adults 18-49 (2.04 million) in the series entire run. The series premiered on 9/3/08 to 2.87 million total viewers and 1.73 million Adults 18-49. FX has picked up a second season of Sons of Anarchy, slated to begin in Spring 09. The series stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman and was created by Kurt Sutter who also serves as Executive Producer. John Linson and Art Linson are Executive Producers. The series is produced by FX Productions and Fox21. The Shield ended its historic seven season run by averaging 3.51 million total viewers and 2.27 million Adults 18-49 on a multi-run basis. The series was recently honored as one of AFI's Top Ten Programs of 2008 and was named Time Magazine's #1 show of 2008. FX will close out 2008 as a Top 5 basic cable network in Primetime delivery of Adults 18-49 (averaging 709,000 as of 12/11), which will be the third consecutive year that the network has earned this distinction.

14 comments:

SafetyJan said...

You must be one proud papa. I can't wait for season two.

East Coast said...

Congratulations & continued success. Season two should be a real interesting one indeed.

Ride Free
East Coast

Leonard Chang said...

This makes sense to me, since I always used TiVo to watch it.... Congrats!

ballerinatoes said...

Congratulations on being a big fucking deal! (that's meant to be a compliment and one one of my favorite lines from Jane to Charlie Utter (Dayton Callie) on "Deadwood".) Seriously, congratulations, the fella and I love the show...love the cast...love the writing. Can you please bring it back in January? Kthx. Also - will FX be showing a marathon anytime soon?

Cali said...

Congratulations! That's amazing. I can hardly wait for the new season.

Grizzly Kaz said...

Great gift for you and the crew Kurt.

That's wonderful.

I'll be there for season 2.

Happy Holidays.

Realizador said...

Congrats, man, SoA is the best tv show I've seen since Fastlane and 24, and it's even better because these shows are like 2, 4 million per episode. I work with film production in Brazil and I know that the biggest value on SoA is the story and the whole research made behind it to make it plausible.
I know that you are one the last people that might decide that, but a suggestion if you haven't thought about it yet, is to make some kind of prequel of the 2nd season, well, would be kinda cool.

Happy Holidays for you and your family,

Luiz Murillo

Kristen said...

I didn't see my first episode until "The Sleep of Babies," and then I was hooked! I have since purchased the entire season from iTunes and have watched it all several times. I never get tired of it - the story, the acting. Thank you for completely hitting it out of the park.

Outsider said...

Congratulations Kurt...That's Gr8 News!

kickstart said...

may i recommend with gratitude the movie Humboldt County to one and all .. btw is the longest day for us here Auckland , NZ . peace , out .

Pete said...

I was just recently introduced to SoA by a friend of mine here in Iraq. I have been downloading episodes from iTunes for the last few days. I love this show!!! Keep up the great work and I can not wait watch Season 2.

Mal said...

Congratulations, Kurt! You should be proud. You have the best new show on TV this season. The writing is crisp and the entire cast is amazing! I can't believe you've been overlooked by the Emmy's! But the fans love ya! Excited for Season two. Continued success!

Justin said...

Grats mate, positive news is always welcome. Here's to season two... and three, and four, and five...

Cheers,

J

PS: I was re-watching "Patch Over" and was listening to John Teller's monologues. Great prose - it must have been satisfying to write something like that.

Leanne said...

Congrats to you Kurt, your cast and crew on such an amazing show. You truly have outdone yourself. The writing is superb and the cast is perfect. Katey deserves an award. She is an incredible actress. You have us all totally hooked, biding our time until finally wednesday is here. I come from a family of bikers, all devoted fans who impatiently wait to see what your brilliant mind will do next. I wish you and your family well and I am so truly happy for you and the success of SOA. Thank you for giving us a show that is real and gritty and we look forward to next season.