By Lynette Rice
Updated September 08, 2010 at 09:35 PM EDT

The third season premiere of Sons of Anarchy on Tuesday attracted 4.13 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode of the drama, just behind the season 2 premiere and the season 2 finale. Sons’ season three episode was the most-watched basic cable scripted series telecast in adults 18-49 this year, and was also Sons’ most-watched telecast ever in all three key female demographics (women 25-54, women 18-49, and women 18-34).

Compared to its season 2 average, Tuesday’s episode was up 13% in viewers (4.134 million vs. 3.667 million) and 10% among adults 18-49 (2.814 million vs. 2.564 million).