FX’s unusually large commitment to "Anger Management," Charlie Sheen’s comedy, now appears as though it may have been a bit hasty, reports The New York Times’ Arts Beat.
With 80 episodes of the cable channel’s 90-episode order left to go, the show’s ratings have fallen sharply, the story notes.
The most recent episode, which aired March 14, drew about 850,000 total viewers, the program’s lowest audience ever and a huge dropoff from last June, when 5.47 million viewers tuned in and made the program the No. 1 scripted comedy telecast ever for FX, the story adds.
FX ordered 90 additional episodes when "Anger Management" was averaging 3 million total viewers per episode, but the ratings have been on the decline since then. The second season has been averaging 1.25 million viewers.
An upcoming guest-starring role by Lindsay Lohan might boost ratings, but "the long-term ratings prospects for the show, at its current audience totals, paint a bleak picture," the piece says.