News Corporation’s FX announced the pick up of biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” for a 13-episode second season order. The move by John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks, comes after only five episodes of the first season have aired, with eight more new episodes to go. FX is clearly pleased with the ratings and reviews for the show.
Since its premiere, FX says ratings for Sons of Anarchy have been very strong and consistent among the network’s target demo of Adults 18-49. On a weekly five-telecast cume basis, Sons is averaging 3.5 million Adults 18-49, and the fourth week of the show delivered more Adults 18-49 than its premiere week. On a weekly five-telecast cume, the series is averaging 5.4 million total viewers and has retained 97% of its total viewers since premiere. Based on week-to-week ratings, Sons of Anarchy is FX’s most consistent first year drama ever and the network’s most successful since “Rescue Me.”
"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," said Landgraf.
Sons of Anarchy stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman and was created by Kurt Sutter who also serves as Executive Producer. John Linson and Art Linson are Executive Producers.
"Sons of Anarchy has been a fantastic collaboration between the producers, Fox21 and FX and we are thrilled about this second season pick-up," said Fox21 Senior Vice President Jane Francis.
Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegal thriving arms business. Charlie Hunnam stars as Jackson “Jax” Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness. Katey Sagal stars as Gemma Teller Morrow, Jax’s force-of-nature mother, who along with Ron Perlman as Clarence “Clay” Morrow, Jax’s stepfather and MC president, have their own darker vision for the club.