The ratings for the seventh and final season premiere of Sons of Anarchy only looked better when L+3 numbers came in for FX, as the biker drama recorded the most watched telecast in network history last week. The primary telecast of the premiere earned 9.25 million total viewers, with 6.1 million of them being between 18-49, while the premiere outpaced the strongly rated sixth season premiere by 11% in total viewers and 10% in the demo-friendly crowd.
The seventh season premiere of Sons of Anarchy now ranks as the second highest-rated scripted season premiere of 2014, besting Game of Thrones and trailing only The Walking Dead. It’s been a steady climb for the series, as the Kurt Sutter creation has raced ahead 228% in total viewers and 256% in adults 18-49 of the numbers it put up for its series premiere.
With 10:00 competition consisting of two decently rated procedurals and a new show in a troublesome spot for ABC, Sons of Anarchy should only grow throughout the course of its final season. It wouldn’t even be surprising to see the show, which earned a L+SD 3.2 demo rating for its premiere, hit series highs several times between now and December, as tension mounts for Jax Teller’s final ride and the broadcast competition continues to cannibalize each other. The only question now seems to be what form the show will continue, as it seems unlikely that FX will want to pass up the opportunity to capitalize on the interest in the SAMCRO world and the story of how the Tellers came to be.
Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10:00 on FX. You can check out a preview of what to expect for the rest of the final season below.
What did you think about the final season premiere of Sons of Anarchy? Would you like to see the show continue on in some form (e.g. a spin-off, prequel, graphic novel, etc.) following the December series finale? Who do you expect to survive the final season and who would be lucky to make it out of the series finale alive?