Charlie Sheen may now officially have some news worth getting angry about. Following a record-setting premiere on FX last week, his new sitcom “Anger Management” has already lost close to half of its audience.
Overall, the series went from scoring 5.74 million viewers for its peak episode last week (which was the episode airing at 9:30 p.m. Eastern) to posting 3.37 million this time around. Meanwhile, the drops in the 18-49 demographic were pretty similar — the show went from scoring a 2.3 rating to somewhere close to a 1.4. Are they still great numbers for FX? Sure, and in any ways the massive drop was expected once you consider the fact that there was so much hype going in for Sheen’s big return to TV. As a matter of fact, a similar thing happened to Ashton Kutcher on “Two and a Half Men.”
However, the drop still has to be a disappointment for those who thought that Sheen was going to spend all summer dominating the cable ratings. We know that FX is poised to renew the show for a whopping 90 additional episodes if it meets a certain threshold, but it’s not clear just what sort of numbers the network is really hoping to score.
So what’s the reason for the drop? Ultimately, we believe it to be all about expectations — “Anger Management” is not necessarily a terrible show, but it is one marred with some writing that doesn’t quite live up to Sheen or his co-stars’ talent. It is also on a network that is known for more mature programming such as “Louie” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and it actually feels surprisingly timid all things considered.
Are you surprised by the ratings drop for “Anger Management,” and what do you attribute it to? To check out our review from last night’s new episode, be sure to check it out here.