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Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ sets cable, FX ratings records


“Anger Management” (PRASHANT GUPTA)
Charlie Sheen’s new FX comedy series, Anger Management” clocked just under 5.5 million viewers in its premiere Thursday night.

 Sure, you might say, that’s a big comedown from the season average of 13-16 million-ish he used to enjoy when he headlined CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”

 But Sheen’s a cable TV star now, and 5.5 million makes the “AM” launch the most watched scripted primetime comedy series premiere in cable history – excluding children’s programming.

It’s also is the most watched series premiere, drama or comedy, in FX history.

 The story was much the same among the 18-49 year old viewers FX targets, except the crowd there was about 2.7 million.

 After the premiere, the second episode delivered even more viewers – 5.74 million, to be exact, including 2.9 million in the key age bracket.

Sheen’s new show enjoyed a great launchpad; FX aired a “Two and a Half Men” marathon, featuring episodes of Sheen’s choosing.

 Later, the series premiere of FX’s new late night show, “BrandX,” starring Russell Brand, averaged 1.1 million viewers – 687,000 of them in the age bracket.

 

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