FX's biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" continues to roll over the competition.
For the third time in the past four weeks, "Sons" has won top honors in its timeslot in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, trouncing the competition among both basic cable and the networks as if it was brutally bludgeoning its competitors' heads with a snow globe. (SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen last week's episode, don't read that last sentence.)
The series showed a modest 3 percent growth in the demo Tuesday night versus last week's episode, taking a 2.2 rating. That handily beat out NBC's "Parenthood," which drew a 1.9 rating, CBS's "Vegas," which posted a 1.5, and ABC's "Private Practice," which fell to a 1.4. (Fox ran a special edition of "The X Factor" from 9:30 to 10:30, which drew a 2.4.)
"Sons" didn't beat out the nets in total viewers — but in most cases, it came pretty close to rolling up next to them. Tuesday's episode drew 4.3 million total viewers, a 7 percent increase over last week. That's compared to the 5.6 million that "The X Factor" drew, the 4.8 million that "Parenthood" grabbed, and the 4.6 million that "Private Practice" received. ("Vegas" on CBS, which typically draws a much larger total viewership than the other networks, amassed a commanding 10.7 million total viewers.)
So far this season, which premiered Sept. 18, "Sons of Anarchy" has averaged 4.4 million total viewers, with 3 million of them in the 18-49 demographic.