Prashant Gupta/FX
Lynette Rice
October 17, 2011 AT 06:16 PM EDT

Sons of Anarchy, FX’s highest-rated series ever, has been picked up for a fifth season.

The drama about an outlaw biker club is the No. 1 scripted drama series in all of basic cable. Season four which concludes on Nov. 29 is averaging 5.8 million viewers and 3.9 viewers ages 18-49. When taking into account multiple viewings, the show actually averages 9 million total viewers and 6 million adults 18-49.

“Everyone at FX is very grateful to Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show,” says FX President Jon Landgraf in a statement. “It is no small challenge to bring the themes of a great, ancient play like Hamlet into a wholly original television setting and to tell this complex story in a way that is both riveting and accessible to a broad audience.”

The drama stars Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, and Charlie Hunnam. Seven episodes remain this season. The drama airs Tuesdays at 10 on FX.

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