The Hollywood trade press is trumpeting the news that the series finale of FX’s drama Sons of Anarchy
had a “record” high number of viewers. But this claim isn’t telling the whole story.
According to the Los Angeles Times
, the December 9thSons of Anarchy
finale was viewed by 9.2 million total viewers, who either watched the program live or recorded within three days of the broadcast. FX representatives boasted about how this was the highest rating of any show in FX’s history.
However, it’s worth noting
that almost as many people watched CBS’ December 7thI Love Lucy
special, which drew 8.7 million viewers. That’s right: almost as many people watched a 60 YEAR OLD RERUN
as watched FX’s sex-slathered, ultra-violent biker drama!
Nor is this trend unique to Sons of Anarchy
. Every year, CBS also insists on airing the sleazy hour-long lingere commercial The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
. This year, two hours earlier, CBS also aired the beloved holiday favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
. Rudolph garnered
10.6 million viewers, while the underwear ad only drew 9 million.
The entertainment industry continues to brag about how many people watch their graphic programming; but it is clear there are many more people who’d rather watch clean, family-friendly programming.