Charlie Sheen's ANGER MANAGEMENT Debut Sets Ratings Record
FX's biggest night of comedy ever also proved to be one of cable's biggest nights of comedy ever as ANGER MANAGEMENT set ratings records for a primetime scripted comedy series premiere, Wilfred and Louie returned to the network with significant growth over their prior seasons, and FX's entry into the late night arena, BrandX with Russell Brand, got off to a strong start. Last night marked the most-watched Thursday night (prime, 8-11 PM) in FX's 18-year history in both Total Viewers (3.05 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.54 million).
The series debut of ANGER MANAGEMENT (9:00 PM) was the most-watched primetime scripted comedy series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children's programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers. Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30 PM) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49. Combined with the encore telecasts (1:00 and 1:30 AM), the series premiere episode of Anger Management delivered a total audience of 6.21 million viewers and 3.11 million Adults 18-49, and the second episode drew 6.45 million viewers and 3.29 million Adults 18-49.
Episode 2 of Anger Management at (9:30 PM) ranked as the top-rated program on television (broadcast or cable) on Thursday in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49, and in cable in delivery of Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 (1.24 million) and Adults 25-54 (3.22 million). The series premiere (9:00 PM) ranked #2 on television (broadcast or cable) on Thursday in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49, and #2 among all cable programs last night in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, and Adults 25-54.
Anger Management moves to its regularly scheduled time period of Thursdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT beginning next week (July 5). FX will repeat its pilot and second episode next Thursday, July 5 at 8:30PM and 9:00PM, respectively.
The Season 2 premiere of Wilfred and Season 3 premiere of Louie posted significant growth over their prior season averages. The season premieres for each series were the second highest-rated episodes in their history and will likely be their highest-rated episodes ever when Live+7 data is available in three weeks.
Last night's Season 2 premiere of Wilfred delivered 2.53 million Total Viewers and 1.5 million Adults 18-49, which were respective increases of +71% in Total Viewers and +54% in Adults 18-49 (Wilfred Season 1 averages were 1.48 million Total Viewers and 973,000 Adults 18-49). Wilfred ranked #4 on Thursday night in cable on Men 18-34 (538,000) and #6 in Adults 18-34 (808,000). Last night's episode recorded series' highs in Adults/Men/Women 25-54, Men 18-49, and Men 18-34. Combined with its encore telecast (midnight), the season 2 premiere episode of Wilfred delivered a total audience of 3.0 million viewers and 1.78 million Adults 18-49.