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Sons of Anarchy's 90-minute Season 4 debut became the series' most-watched episode, attracting 4.94 million viewers, a 20 percent increase over the third-season premiere, according to Nielsen figures.

Of that viewership total, some 3.22 million Tuesday night — up 15 percent — were in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49 age group.

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"Last night's ratings are indicative of the passion the audience has for this wonderful show," FX President John Landgraf said. "Kurt [Sutter, the series creator] has crafted one of the most compelling series on television, with the raw, blow-your-hair-back energy of a wide-open Harley and the subtle complexity of a great book."

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The previous high in viewership for Sons came for the Season 2 finale (4.32 million on Dec. 1, 2009).

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On broadcast TV, where the summer season is ending, America's Got Talent outdrew its competition, averaging 11.43 million people. Against the NBC show, repeats of NCIS: Los Angeles finished second with 8.95 million and 7.04 million viewers.