Tuesday's 90-minute season two finale of FX's critically acclaimed drama "Sons of Anarchy" was cable's number-one program for the night, delivering 4.33 million total viewers and 2.99 million Adults 18-49. It was also the top-rated show on television in the 10:00 PM time period among Men 18-49 (1.92 million) and Men 18-34 (1.09 million), beating all three broadcast networks. The episode was the most-watched ever for "Sons," surpassing its Season 2 premiere (4.29 million total viewers).
On the heels of its stellar performance this season, FX President and General Manager John Landgraf announced that the network has ordered 13 episodes for the show's third season, which is scheduled to begin in September 2010. Creator/Executive Producer Kurt Sutter reached a deal on a two-year extension to continue his services as showrunner/writer on "Sons." All series regulars are in place to return next season. "Sons of Anarchy" is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.
For its 13-episode second season, "Sons" averaged 3.67 million total viewers and 2.56 million Adults 18-49, which represented respective gains of +66% and +75% versus season one averages. "Sons of Anarchy" is basic cable's top scripted series for 2009 in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49.
During its 13-week run, the second season of "Sons of Anarchy" was television's #1 series in the Tuesday 10:00 PM time period in average delivery of Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 (broadcast and cable).
"The success of 'Sons of Anarchy' is very gratifying and the show has become a bona-fide hit," said Landgraf. "The critics have recognized Sons as one the best series on television, and the show has earned its place alongside FX's great drama series 'The Shield,' 'Nip/Tuck,' 'Rescue Me' and 'Damages.' Creatively, this season was spectacular and all credit goes to Kurt and the incredible cast led by Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman."
Sutter said, "This has been a wonderful ride and we're just getting started. I'm really proud of the work by our incredible cast and crew. The response this season from the fans and critics has been terrific and I can't wait to get back to the writer's room and start on season three."
You can find related DVDs here:
Sons of Anarchy Season 1 DVD Boxset
The Shield Seasons 1-7 DVD Boxset (DVD-9)
Nip Tuck Seasons 1-5 DVD Boxset