'Sons of Anarchy' to go for another spin

FX gives drama 13-episode second-season order

FX has picked up "Sons of Anarchy" for a second season.

The motorcycle-club drama from creator/exec producer Kurt Sutter has been given a 13-episode order for its sophomore run, with stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman on board. John Linson and Art Linson also exec produce the drama, from Fox 21 and FX Prods.

While first-run episodes of the drama are performing modestly, FX cited the series' cumulative viewership numbers in announcing the pickup. On a weekly five-telecast cume basis, "Sons" is averaging 3.5 million adults 18-49, and the fourth week of the show delivered 1% more viewers in the demo than its premiere week. In total viewers, the series is averaging 5.4 million on a cumulative basis and is off only 3% from its premiere.

"We've never had a drama hold up so consistently in its first five weeks on the air," FX president/GM John Landgraf said. "It hasn't buckled in the face of broadcast competition, and it's fantastic from a quality standpoint."

New episodes air at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.