It looks like we have officially left the era of Sheen.
FX's sitcom Anger Management, which premiered last year, was heralded as a return to form for the star, who was then the center of a media firestorm surrounding his perceived "meltdown." Sheen channeled his very public persona into the rather conventional sitcom, which premiered to strong numbers for FX (5.4 million!). The network subsequently picked up the series for a further 90(!) episodes, airing at a rate of 45 per year.
But now the ratings have declined to under a million viewers per episode, and FX is starting to worry. In an effort to incease viewership, they're sending the series to its sister network, FOX, to see if a broader audience can't be attracted to the series.
For four weeks, beginning Monday, June 3, new episodes of Anger Management will air in the 9:30 p.m. timeslot, replacing repeats of The Mindy Project. Two of these new episodes will be airing for the first time.
It did seem rather risky for FX to gamble so many episodes on such a ephemeral cultural obsession, and it's not surprising that the viewers have fled now that Sheen appears to be back to (relative) normal.
What do you think? Do you watch Anger Management? Will you be watching it on FOX?
Anger Management's next episode, "Charlie Breaks Up with Kate," airs Thursday, May 30 on FX. "Charlie & His New Therapist" will kick off the show's FOX run on June 3.