Sons of Anarchy: Season Five Renewal for FX Series

Sons of Anarchy season fiveFX has no plans to shut down Sons of Anarchy, the most successful drama series in the station’s history. The cable channel has just renewed the critically-acclaimed and high-rated TV show for a fifth season of 13 episodes.

There’s still seven installments left in Sons of Anarchy’s fourth season and they won’t finish running until Tuesday, November 29th.

Here’s the press release from FX:


FX Orders Fifth Season of Its Acclaimed Hit Drama “Sons of Anarchy”

Series is Basic Cable’s #1 Scripted Drama Series Among Adults 18-49 and FX’s Highest-Rated Series Ever

7 All New Episodes Remain This Season Airing Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT With Season Four Finale Airing November 29

LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2011 – FX has ordered a 13 episode fifth season of its critically acclaimed hit drama Sons of Anarchy, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Golden Globe(R) Award winner Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy is having its best season yet from a ratings standpoint. It’s currently the #1 scripted drama series in all of basic cable, and is the highest-rated series ever on FX. On a first-run basis, season four is averaging 5.8 million Total Viewers and 3.9 million Adults 18-49, increases of +30% and +26%, respectively, vs. season three. On a multi-telecast weekly basis, season four is averaging 9 million Total Viewers and 6 million Adults 18-49.

The series has shown remarkable consistency week-to-week. The premiere episode of season four (9/6/11) was the most-watched program in FX history, with 6.5 million Total Viewers. Last week’s episode (episode 6, 10/11/11) was the highest-rated episode in the past four weeks (Live + Same Day).

“Everyone at FX is very grateful to Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show,” said Landgraf. “It is no small challenge to bring the themes of a great, ancient play like Hamlet into a wholly original television setting and to tell this complex story in a way that is both riveting and accessible to a broad audience. The fans know how beautifully SOA meets this challenge, and we thank them for their loyal and passionate viewership.”

Seven all-new episodes remain in SOA’s current fourth season airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT. In the next episode of Sons of Anarchy (“Fruit for the Crows,” October 18, 10PM ET/PT), SAMCRO deals with the fallout from a death threat made against Tara.

Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter who also serves as Executive Producer along with John Linson, Art Linson and Paris Barclay. The series is produced by FX Productions and Fox 21. Fox 21 is Twentieth Century Fox Television’s alternative production arm devoted to producing high quality programming on a lower cost basis.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and films, an established film library with box-office hit movies from 20th Century Fox and other major studios that run in prime time and an impressive lineup of acquired hit series.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Sons of Anarchy has been renewed for a fifth season? How long do you think the show could realistically continue?

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  1. Tony says

    Great show. Kurt Sutter is a freaking genius with his story lines. Whether they are all his ideas or not the staff of writers keeps you hanging on with waiting to see what happens next. The season finale was exquisite. Would have like Opie to show up after Gemma came in but it was a fitting end with Jax’ “old lady” taking her place by her man at the head of the table as did Gemma in the picture of his father John and his mother in the same pose. Great great ending. Can’t wait till the next season. Thanks Kurt!!!

  2. SOA fan says

    Love it so glad we get another season. $hit is getting crazy out of control. Can’t wait to see what Sutter has in store.

  3. oklahoma biker says

    it is my favorite show and i agree clay needs to die but it just goes to show you how good of and actor ron perlman is but his character is makin me like him as an actor less and less esspecially after watchin him kill pintey

  4. N.U.T.S. VP "Big Joe" says

    I have been a fan since day 1. I ride with a club in Louisiana not as wild but it’s interesting. I hope the show runs for a few more seasons cause it’s the only night I dedicate myself to watch tv. Thanks FX

  5. tvgeek67 says

    Its Hamlet. Of course the king will get it in the end, but we are getting a season 5 so the end isn’t here yet. I love this show! TIVO every episode and watch them in groups because the cliff hangers always leave me wanting more.

  6. Northern California Chicano says

    This she is getting out of hand everyone gets away with murder. shootings in broad day light no cops show up. killed 2 FBI agents and only have done 18 months in jail. and if Clay don’t get killed for his dirty secrets i am done watching this show. i think its dumb to keep dragging on. just my thoughts

  7. debbie says

    love it, love it, love it!!!!! best damn show on tv. best hour on tuesday where you can leave your troubles behind and fall into soa and feel alive. can’t get enough of it. depressing when you relize it won’t be on for 9 months!! thanks kurt sutter..

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