“Sons of Anarchy” definitely threw a few punches during its season 5 premiere on Tuesday night, and what FX is quickly learning is that the demand for their motorcycle drama is increasing with just about every season.
For the premiere, the show scored an impressive new series high with a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This is a number that would make many other shows on broadcast networks jealous, and even some on FX’s sister network Fox. The show also posted over 5.3 million viewers.
So will SAMCRO continue to boost its numbers week after week for the rest of the season? It’s going to be tough. The show premiered with the luxury of not having that much in the way of competition, but that will change in two weeks when some other high-profile shows premiere including the new “Vegas” on CBS. Meanwhile, there are some other big cable shows including “Ink Master” on Spike and “Duck Dynasty” on A&E that could take a tiny chunk out of the show’s audience (though not necessarily a huge one). The biggest competition the show had this time was NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Covert Affairs” on USA, and neither one of these shows really ended up standing much of a chance. “Sons of Anarchy” has plenty more excitement coming up this season, as we are going to see more aftermath from what Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) decided to do when it came to fire in the closing minutes of the episode.
Are you surprised that the numbers were so high, or was this what you were expecting? If you want to take a look ahead at what is coming up on this “crazy” year of twists and turns, you can do so by visiting the story that is up over at this link.