FX’s Sons of Anarchy Fast Off the Line

Season two of FX’s drama series Sons of Anarchy got off to a rip roarin’ start Tuesday night, scaring up 4.29 million viewers and 3.03 million adults 18-49, while setting the network’s all-time high-water mark among men 18-49 (1.97 million).

Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings data, last night’s opener bettered Sons’ season one average among the 18-49 demo by 107 percent. Total viewers were up 94 percent versus last season’s average draw of 2.21 million.

In addition to breaking the all-time FX record, Sons’ delivery of men 18-49 marks the upper limit for all basic cable series year-to-date. Given three repeat installments of the premiere and the eventual seven days of DVR playback data, Sons could well surpass Nip/Tuck as the network’s most-watched original series (6.5 million viewers/5.1 million A18-49, season five).

With L7 ratings factored in, season one of Sons delivered an average cume of 5.83 million total viewers, up 16 percent versus the series’ live deliveries. The first 13 episodes also drew 3.9 million members of the core demo, up 18 percent versus the live numbers. On a premiere basis, season one averaged 2.6 million viewers and 1.75 million adults 18-49.