In its first week on the FX channel, Anger Management premiered two episodes with 5.47 million (9PM) and 5.74 million (9:30PM) viewers. Last week, the show suffered declining numbers in its second week. Thursday's episode had "only" 3.37 million viewers, suffering a drop of over 35%. The show did however...
score big once again with the coveted advertiser demographic 18-49 year olds. In the coveted age group, the show was seen by 44% more people than the debut week.
So what do these numbers mean for Lions Gate, the company that owns Anger Management? Well, Lions Gate has already ordered a second season of the show about an anger therapist, played by Charlie Sheen. The company also has a pending deal for 90 episodes if certain ratings milestones are released. The milestones are not public information, but I can't imagine that they are record breaking. The premiere episode will not count in the milestone numbers, so Lions Gate needs to hope rates increase or at a minimum stop dropping week to week. After two weeks there is no need to panic, besides the show is already going international.
A new deal was signed with Lions Gate for ther rights to Anger Management in England. Comedy Central UK will air the show in Autumn of 2012, after securing the rights from Lions Gate. This deal now marks a list of countries that have already bought into Charlie Sheen and his "winning" ratings numbers. Comedy Central UK also has the rights to Two and a Half Men episodes in its country.
Other countries and territories who have rights to Anger Management are:
- Latin America
- Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
- New Zealand