It’s only taken four weeks, but “Anger Management” has finally managed something that it has struggled with ever since debuting to great fanfare on FX in June: stability. As a matter of fact, it may be enough to ensure that the show is able to get the 90-episode pickup that Charlie Sheen and executive producer Bruce Helford have been so waiting for.
So how well did it do? Overall, the sitcom drew over 2.6 million viewers along with a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic — with each of these numbers marking a slight increase over the week before. While we probably need to see one more week of numbers to know for sure if this is where the series is ultimately going to end up, it’s definitely a nice start. Even with the drop, it’s still the highest-rated show in FX’s comedy lineup by a good margin — and we have to imagine that this in itself will help to ensure that it sticks around despite the heavy price tag that probably comes with Sheen, a man once known as the highest-paid actor on network television.
We are now halfway through this test season, and he executives at FX are reportedly going to wait until the run is over becoming up with a firm decision on what they want to do. Does this make sense? Definitely. 90 episodes is an enormous commitment to make to anyone, and you want to make sure that you have a consistent product before investing years’ worth of time and money in getting more programming out to the market. Here’s an interesting fact, though, about the “Anger Management” production — if they filmed 30 weeks of the year, they would be able to get 60 episodes in the can. That’s how efficient this set is.
Are you glad to see the numbers finally stabilized? To check out our full review of Thursday night’s new episode, be sure to head over to this link.