'Anger Management' on FX Most-Watched Scripted Comedy Primetime Premiere in Cable History

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June 29th, 2012

The 9pm episode of Anger Management  drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating and the 9:30p episode averaged a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating (the highest-rated show for the night with adults 18-49 on all of TV, broadcast or cable.)  Over 45% of those polled predicted the premiere would do better than a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and they were correct!

via press note:

Last night’s series debut of Anger Management (9P) was the most-watched scripted comedy primetime series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children’s programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers. Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30P) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49.

The Season 2 premiere of Wilfred and Season 3 premiere of Louie posted significant growth over their prior season averages – (Wilfred +71% and Louie+55% in Total Viewers). Last night’s season 2 premiere of Wilfred delivered 2.53 million Total Viewers and 1.5 million Adults 18-49 (Wilfred Season 1 averages were 1.48 million Total Viewers and 973,000 Adults 18-49) Last night’s season 3 premiere of Louie delivered 1.43 million Total Viewers and 911,000 Adults 18-49 (Louie Season 2 averages were 923,000 Total Viewers and 647,000 Adults 18-49)

Last night’s season premieres for both of those series were the second highest-rated episodes in their history and will likely be their highest-rated episodes ever when Live+7 data is available in three weeks.

And the series premiere of FX’s new late night comedy BrandX with Russell Brand got off to a good start in the 11P time slot with 1.1 million Total Viewers and 687,000 Adults 18-49, which marked respective increases of +32% and +38% vs. FX time-period average.

(Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+Same Day, Fast Nationals, subject to change)


  • Baqinardo

    That’s like what? 2.1-2.2?
    Wow. That’s big.

  • SoundableObject

    Good for Wilfred! And I might give Anger Management a try.

  • Baqinardo

    Oops. Sara put the demo already.

  • shelly

    this proves charlie sheen still has it as ralph malph would say..”I still got it”.. WINNING!!!

  • Kavyn

    Anger Management was alright. I like the second episode more. It’s a typical multi-cam sitcom with laugh tracks but in terms of quality I say it’s decent. Charlie’s basically the same though except he’s in TAAHM Alan’s situation with the ex-wife (played by my favourite character on Becker, was totally surprised to see her :D) and OCD daughter.

    I think the cast need to find their chemistry first. The jokes were a little forced because it felt like they didn’t know each other despite making personal jokes with one another.

  • Sepen

    Two and a half men lost around 5-6 million viewers over the last season, looks like those viewers all went to charlie’s new show

  • brian

    Pretty much exactly what I expected! Good for Charlie! But damn, it’s a terrible show. I think it’ll end up getting about 2 million viewers by the end of the first season.

  • Daw Johnson

    Good, not as good as I was expecting.

    If Jersey Shore could grab almost a 5 in its prime, you’d have thought a 3 would have been possible for CHARLIE SHEEN’S RETURN TO SITCOMS

  • Chris

    How many people were watching just to see if Sheen would start ranting in the middle of a scene?

    I watched enough to know it’s a very weak show. Then I went elsewhere, and came back to watch Louie.

    Sheen has lost a lot of weight.

    CBS didn’t lose a damn thing.

  • Sepen

    Except 6 million viewers who will never watch 2 and a half men again like me

  • Leon

    Congrats Charlie! I enjoyed the show! The 2nd episode was better but I still enjoyed it!

  • Brody

    I’m not the biggest Charlie Sheen fan, but the show was surprisingly good. I’ll continue to watch it.

  • dgh

    Only people hating this news is Chuck Lorre and Charlie haters……

  • Cher

    I was very excited about the show coming on…..glad for Charlie Sheen!!! But DAMN!!!!! that had to be the worst comedy I have seen in my life. I only watched the first episode. Not one thing funny!!!! I think Charlie is great, but he must have some horrible writers. That is the worst show I’ve ever seen!!!

  • Jared

    I would have never known this show was a comedy..thank god for the laugh track playing after every other characters line to remind me.

  • Lee

    It will lose half of its audiance next week.

  • Bigg jack

    Charlie made 2@1/2 men and his new show is funny and hopefully can only get better.

  • dan

    That’s higher than most nbc sitcoms

  • Bigg jack

    Wish they was in the same slots then we would really see who won

  • Jon

    Even if it falls to 2-3m, it’s still great for FX, I imagine that 90 episode order has been triggered.

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