Elsewhere on the cable dial, FX on Thursday struck gold with the premiere of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management. Episode 1 now stands as the most-watched comedy opener in cable history, scaring up 5.47 million viewers, of which 2.65 million were members of the target demo.
A second installment of Anger Management fared even better, delivering 5.74 million viewers and 2.89 million adults 18-to-49.
When FX made its bid for the series last October, it ordered a preliminary run of 10 episodes, with the provision to buy 90 more should the show hit its ratings guarantees. Given Thursday night’s numbers, it’s a dead certainty that Charlie Sheen is going to appear on a TV screen near you for at least the next two years.
Leading out of the Sheen Machine, the season two premiere of Wilfred delivered 2.53 million viewers and 1.5 million members of the demo (up 71 percent from its year-ago average), while Louie drew 1.43 million viewers and 911,000 adults 18-to-49. That marks a 41 percent improvement in the demo versus the show’s season two average.
Lastly, the series premiere of FX’s new late night comedy BrandX with Russell Brand got off to a strong start in the 11 p.m. time slot with 1.1 million viewers and 687,000 adults 18-to-49, which marked respective increases of 32 percent and 38 percent versus the network’s time-period average.