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'Sons of Anarchy' Scores for FX in Premiere

Despite big cable network viewership for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech, the premiere of FX’s new series “Sons of Anarchy” drew an encouraging 1.2 rating and 1.5 million viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The series, about a motorcycle gang, ranked third among non-news cable programs for the night.

The ratings eclipsed those for both the premiere of the final season of “The Shield” on Tuesday and last year’s series premiere of FX’s “Damages.”

The premiere of “The Shield” drew a 1 rating, down from the 1.1 for last season’s premiere.