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Charlie Sheen's New FX Series Sets Ratings Records

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Despite the critical drubbing that Charlie Sheen's new FX comedy Anger Management has received so far, the series premiere broadcast now holds the record for the highest rated debut of any original series in the history of the network.

Last night saw the first two episodes of Anger Management hit the airwaves, with the premiere episode "Charlie Goes Back to Therapy" bringing in 5.5 million viewers, 2.7 million of those in the advertiser treasured 18-49 demographic. The second episode "Charlie and the Slumpbuster" actually managed to improve on those already great numbers, delivering 5.7 million overall viewers, 2.9 million of which were 18-49.

The news gets even better for Charlie, as Anger Management also now holds the record for highest rated scripted comedy premiere in the history of basic cable. That is, if you're willing to exclude children's series from the equation. The large audience for AM also helped the rest of the Thursday night FX lineup (Louie, Wilfred) post huge gains in audience levels from last season.

Due to the unique contract FX has with Sheen, if ratings stay at a certain level (which these numbers easily exceed) the show will be automatically picked up for ninety (!) more episodes. In other words, we could be seeing many more years of Charlie Sheen fronted comedy, whether we like it or not. Of course, the real test will be next week. Lots of people may have initially tuned in out of morbid Sheen-related curiosity, and nobody knows how many of those viewers will come back for round two. For now though, Charlie is again "WINNING" indeed.

Did you check out FX's Anger Management? Was it worth watching?

Source: EW.com

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Written by: Michael Stevenson
Jun 29th, 2012, 10:27 am

Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:39 am
Loved the start, a good stab at Two and a Half Men with it, funny so far not to sure about his ex she seems idk just off. Dont think it will be anywhere close to as funny as Two and a Half Men but we shall see. Love the idea of mr Sheen been a therapist after all we know him for is a drunk and womanizer.

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Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2012, 4:49 am

I thought it was entertaining. Keep up the great work & I'll keep watching.


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Message Posted On Jun 29th, 2012, 2:06 pm

If they could dial the laugh track down a bit or shoot it in front of a live audience I'd like it a lot better for starters. The writing isn't all that bad, not as bad as some critics judge it to be, and Charlie is, well, playing a very "Charlie" type character. The supporting cast seems good, but time will tell if they are used effectively. I'm pulling for Charlie to have a success here. No, it isn't any "Two and a Half Men," but why should it be? Let's all take a breath, give it a chance and see if it gets it's legs.


Message Posted On Jun 29th, 2012, 1:20 pm
Sheen looks better than he did. He's gained weight which I'm so thankful for since he was scary thin. His hair looks better. Anger Management was funny, but I think hopes were so high for this, nothing was going to come close to expectations due to none-stop promotion prior. My thought is, if given a chance, it will find it's stride and a little better writing style in time. Sheen is certainly good in it. He's got his comic timing down. "Men" when it first started needed a little help too, and what made his former show so special (the chemistry between Cryer/Sheen as well as the tailor made writing for them specifically) is now gone too. That show is a shadow of what it once was minus Charlie. I'll keep watching Anger Management. It wasn't nearly as bad as some critics made it out to be and has the potential to get much better which I'm pretty sure it will.

Message Posted On Jun 29th, 2012, 11:17 am
It does not have the luster as Two and a half men did. No way. It was good to see Sheen back working. Although he does look like hell. Hope it works for him.
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