FX sees 2.5 mil for 'Anarchy' premiere


FX's "Sons of Anarchy" got off to a modest start Wednesday.

"Anarchy," a motorcycle-club drama starring Charlie Hunnam, averaged 2.5 million total viewers at 10 p.m. Wednesday against competition that included coverage of the Republican National Convention. That was off when compared with other recent FX series premieres, including "Damages" (3.7 million in July 2007). However, an "Anarchy" repeat at 11:16 p.m. averaged another 1.2 million total viewers.

Among returning series, the seventh- and final-season premiere of FX's "The Shield" debuted on par with the April 2007 Season 6 premiere. After a 15-month absence, the cop drama returned at 10 p.m. Tuesday to an average of 2.1 million total viewers, including 1.3 million in adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, Wednesday night's "America's Next Top Model" premiere was the lowest-rated in CW history (3.5 million viewers, 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49).

Fox's two-hour "Bones" premiere (9.3 million, 3.3/9) was dead even with its Tuesday premiere number last year. (partialdiff)