After seeing the ratings for his show “Anger Management” drop in its second week on the air, there’s no question that Charlie Sheen may have been pretty angry. However, he may not be very well furious.
In its third week on the air, the show drew just 2.4 million viewers along with a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic — and these numbers are less than half of the record-breaking pace that Sheen set during his two-episode premiere in late June. Do these numbers signal that he is not going to meet the ratings threshold needed for a mass renewal of 90 episodes? Not necessarily, but the news is not entirely good, either.
Basically, the ratings for “Anger Management,” if they stay constant from here on out, will be higher still than any other comedy that FX is airing right now during the Thursday-night lineup. It’s also improving on its lead-in audience, and is up by a pretty wide margin over what the network was programming in this same span of time last year. The downside here, though, is that Sheen does not exactly come cheap, and if you are already seeing some viewer erosion, imagine what it would be like when this show gets to around episode #50 and still hasn’t found a devoted audience willing to watch week in and week out.
As we’ve said since the first episode, the problem with “Anger Management” is not the presence of Sheen; it’s instead that the material is not edgy enough for cable, and is also rather cut-and-dry when it comes to talking about anger and psychology really more than it needs to. At some point, Sheen needs to be reminded of the simple message that “less is more” when it comes to his terminology.
To read more of our review from Thursday night’s episode, click here. Why do you think that the ratings are declining at the pace that they are?