FX Picks Up 'Sons of Anarchy' For Sophomore Season
FX Picks Up 'Sons of Anarchy' For Sophomore Season
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
SAMCRO fans will be pleased to know that FX has ordered another season of hit series Sons of Anarchy.  The motorcycle-club drama has been given a 13-episode order for its second run, with lead stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman on board.

Coming from The Shield scribe Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy is series about the lives of a close-knit motorcycle club operating in the fictional town of Charming in Northern California.  The show premiered on September 3 with 2.5 million viewers. Although the first-run episodes have performed modestly, the network reasoned the show's cumulative viewership numbers, which evidently prompted the sophomore order.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sons of Anarchy, on a weekly five-telecast basis, averages 3.5 million adults 18-49, with the fourth week of the series delivering 1 percent more viewers in the demo than its premiere week.  Overall, the show is attracting an average of 5.4 million on a cumulative basis and is off only 3 percent from its premiere.

"We've never had a drama hold up so consistently in its first five weeks on the air," FX president John Landgraf said in a statement.  "It hasn't buckled in the face of broadcast competition, and it's fantastic from a quality standpoint."

“It's incredibly gratifying to everyone at FX in at this time when The Shield–the show that got our critically acclaimed original programming brand started–is airing its final season, their loyal audience has embraced Sons of Anarchy and made it a success,” Landgraf added.  “We're also very proud of the day-in-day-out creative excellence the Sons of Anarchy writers and actors are bringing to the table.”

Meanwhile, Sons of Anarchy is nearly halfway through its pilot season.  Fans can catch the remaining new episodes of season 1 every Wednesday at 10pm on FX.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
(Image courtesy of FX)