The series premiere of the new Charlie Sheen comedy "Anger Management" set a slew of FX and cable records on Thursday (June 28) night and helped boost all of FX's comedy launches to strong numbers.
The 9 p.m. premiere of "Anger Management" drew 5.47 million viewers, including 2.65 million viewers among adults 18-49. Those figures give Sheen and company the most-watched scripted comedy primetime series premiere in cable history both overall and in the all-important demographic. It was also the most-watched series premiere in FX history in total viewers.
And apparently "Anger Management" fans mostly liked what they saw, because a second episode airing at 9:30 improved to 5.74 million viewers, including 2.89 million in the 18-49 demo.
It's unclear what numbers were necessary to trigger the unconventional "back-90" order for "Anger Management," but these seem pretty solid.
While FX didn't give specific numbers for the premieres of "Wilfred" and "Louie" -- an official release is expected this afternoon -- the network said that "Wilfred" was up 71 percent over its first season averages, while "Louie" improved on its second season average by 55 percent.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.