By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 09, 2012 03:18 PM EDT
It's hardly winning time for controversial television mainstay Charlie Sheen as FX's "Anger Management" saw its viewer count plummet by 2 million this past Thursday.
Too early to worry? Maybe so. However, after a strong start via bringing in 5.74 million viewers in its two-episode debut the previous week, the sitcom was only able to hold on to 3.37 million of them; which was a percent drop off. Quite a disappointment after its pilot episode ranked as the most-watched series premiere in FX's history.
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Airing television mainstays such as "Wilfred," "Sons Of Anarchy," and "Louie," FX has found a niche in young adult programming. In 2011, the revenue generating network had its best year in the ratings compiling a 22 percent increase in viewers from the ages of 18 to 49.
Reportedly, the unique deal that Sheen previously struck with TV syndicator Debmar-Mercury for "Anger Management" allows the outspoken actor to have some creative control over the show. No longer the highest paid television actor, Sheen has taken a massive pay cut and instead will bank on the potential millions the show could make in the form of ownership shares.
Clearly FX has set the bar high in terms of mature audience programming. Although Sheen 's exit was the obnoxiously obvious reason that led to the CBS Monday night time slot demise of "Two And A Half Men," one can only hope that he has enough tiger blood in his tank left to turn the south-bound "Anger Management" train back around.
Does Sheen have enough of a character presence to carry "Anger Management" an initial 7 episodes (10 total)? If so, FX has promised to sign on for another 90. How is that for winning?
If you would like to play a part in elongating the television career of the man they call Charlie Sheen or you would simply like to check the show out, please tune into FX every Thursday at 9:30pm.
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