sonsofanarchy s2 290 'Sons of Anarchy' rides into a third seasonAfter “Sons of Anarchy’s” second-season finale hit a series high with viewers Tuesday night, FX wasted little time in picking up the show for a third season.

Which is a good thing, because the episode left a lot of loose ends trailing.

The 90-minute finale averaged 4.33 million viewers, beating out the previous “Sons” high of 4.29 million for the season 2 premiere. It was the most-watched show on cable Tuesday night and also beat the broadcast networks in the 10 o’clock hour among male viewers. Following that performance, and a season in which the show’s audience grew by leaps and bounds, FX picked up “Sons of Anarchy” for 13 more episodes.

“The success of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is very gratifying, and the show has become a bona-fide hit,” FX president and general manager John Landgraf says. “The critics have recognized ‘Sons’ as one the best series on television, and the show has earned its place alongside FX’s great drama series.”

The show averaged 3.67 million viewers a week this season, an improvement of 66 percent over the 2.42 million who watched last year. Its adults 18-49 audience grew by 75 percent (2.56 million vs. 1.92 million).

Season 3 of “Sons of Anarchy” is slated for September 2010.

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