'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)


  • cc

    Seems to have gotten better ratings then reviews. Haven’t seen a good one yet.

    I’ve got better things to do with an hour, if that’s what it was, then watch a burned out, ego-centric, loon.

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  • JS

    Fox should put this on the big boy network instead of the cable bs.. I hate this latest trend of having these shows on the cable networks – especially when they’re not available on demand at Hulu Plus, etc. Pathetic. Soon, it will all change

  • Alex

    Still winning!! The first episode was a bit weak but by the second episode it grew on me and got funnier. I think Brett Butler will be a funny and great cast member! Charlie was his usual self that people like! Like him or hate him, he is just good at his job and being funny! He brought a lot of viewers to FX last night and that is some power. It was good they had two episodes so people would give it a chance!

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    There was some pretty terrible acting on the show but Sheen is funny as always. Kind of a repeat of everything he has done before. I didn’t care for Brand X all that much, but I was a little surprised that Russell Brand actually has working brain cells in his head.

  • Amy

    Cracks me up how the numbers get spun. Most watched scripted comedy ever? Emphases on scripted comedy (notice not the most watch show ever and doesn’t include children’s programming)! LOL

    Also, I don’t really think 5.4 million is any different than True Blood, Rizzoli and Isles, helk, even Pawn Stars and Storage Wars have those kinds of numbers. Even the demo isn’t that exciting.

    But, spin away people…spin away.

  • Nick

    Suckers. This guy will be in rehab by the end of the year.

  • Nick

    That is, if he is still alive.

  • rob60990

    While good, I have a feeling it will sink next week as curiosity will fade away.

  • LJ

    It’s no Louie in terms of wit and quality, but it’s got that coasting steady sitcom feel that has the potential to stick around for a long time.

  • iggy.

    Russell Brand should sit on a couch and his guest should sit behind a desk.

  • HT

    Good for him – until of course the overdose later this year.

  • Sam

    Of course, that moron sure can sell anything.

  • The End

    Why are people talking about him dying like that, morbid much?

    His drug problems aside, when he does his TV work he does it well and thats all that matters, he’s one of the best comedy tv actors around in that regard and I don’t think anyone would deny that, besides his haters that is.

  • Shabbir

    Liked both episodes. was shocked to see how much Brett Butler has changed. Used to watch her on Grace under Fire.

  • Kaylie

    I hope they said except childrens programming. This is really good but, it’ll lose half its audience by next week. It’ll fall dramatically by the end of the season.

  • The End

    Sheen seems happy by the numbers, if you use twitter you’l see he’s thanking people for watching and retweeting ratings websites with news of the ratings of these episodes.

    Not many actors take the time to thank viewers like that.

  • Anthony M

    Didn’t think the show was all that funny, I expect huge viewership drops over the next few weeks. Still will be a hit for FX I would imagine.

  • Fake Me Out

    Not bad for a new comedy. It has quite the cast (nice to see Sheen & Boatman together again) and if they can gel this show may have some legs … assuming Sheen doesn’t crash & burn again.


  • Fake Me Out

    @cc “I’ve got better things to do with an hour, if that’s what it was, then watch a burned out, ego-centric, loon.

    You mean like head to a ratings website and post comments about the “burned out, ego-centric, loon”?

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