If there were any doubt whether FX has a hit on its hands with one of its critically acclaimed dramas, Tuesday night’s fourth-season premiere should put it to rest. The 90-minute rollout of “Sons of Anarchy” pulled in a series-record 4.94 million total viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The turnout was a 20% improvement over the show’s season three premiere.
The 10 p.m. broadcast had 3.22 million viewers in the 18-49 demo, up 15%.
Adding in the numbers for encores at 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., the totals climb to 7.25 million viewers and 4.76 million in the demo — up 28% and 24%, respectively.
The previous series record was held by the finale for season two, which aired in December 2009 and attracted 4.32 million total viewers.