"Everybody expected the ratings for Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ to go down in week 2," writes our good friend James Hibberd at EW’s Inside TV. "The question was: By how much?"
The answer, Hibberd writes, is a 35% drop in the adults 18-49 demo and a 38% drop in total viewers.
The new show — on cabler FX — drew "5.5 million and 5.7 million viewers, respectively, for its back-to-back debut episodes," HIbberd notes. The next episode, on Thursday, July 5, 2012, delivered 3.4 million total viewers and 1.7 million adults 18-49.
As previously reported, the sitcom’s premiere was the most-watched prime-time scripted comedy series debut in cable history — excluding children’s programming — in adults 18-49 and in total viewers.
Hibberd adds: "[I]f ‘Anger Management‘s’ 10-episode season hits a certain ratings threshold, FX will automatically order a whopping 90 more episodes. [Last Thursday night's show] is the first episode that will count toward that average. Critics were mixed to negative about ‘Anger Management,’ which follows Sheen playing a therapist struggling to overcome his own issues."