For those of you who thought that Charlie Sheen was going to be a flop away from “Two and a Half Men,” prepare to be shocked — his new series “Anger Management” put up some better demo numbers for FX than any other program on network TV Thursday night.
Overall, the two episodes that aired back-to-back ended up drawing a 2.2 rating on average, and the 2.3 rating for the second half-hour was the best number for any show on Thursday. Sheen’s sitcom also scored more than 5.4 million viewers, and helped both “Louie” and “Wilfred” increase their audiences by over 50% since their most-recent season premieres. See? Charlie Sheen gives back!
We still don’t know what sort of “ratings threshold” the series has to meet in order for FX to push the button for an additional 90 episodes, this number is definitely a start that will put it on the road to even greater success. The test as we see it is for some of these viewers who were loyal the first night to come back week after week — and the good news for Sheen was that his show was lighthearted, had a few solid laughs, and it appeals to a wide demographic than probably anything else ever produced on cable. When he first started up this show he promised a product that people at home would feel was worthwhile, and the ratings seem to prove that he delivered.
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