Charlie Sheen‘s new series “Anger Management” quickly went from winning to losing viewers.
After the huge expected sampling for the premiere, Sheen’s bragging rights’ may be rescinded as the FX series has suffered a steep drop-off in viewership since it debuted three weeks ago.
Last Thursday’s fourth episode dropped another 28%, down to 2.4 million viewers. And that’s down from the 3.4 million who tuned in the previous week for episode 3.
The FX comedy opened with a bang on June 28, pulling in a record-breaking 5.7 viewers for the series premiere’s back-to-back episodes, but there’s been a steady ratings decline ever since.
While 2.4 million isn’t a tragic number in terms of cable ratings, FX must be concerned that each week a significant number of viewers aren’t coming back (the sitcom received mixed reviews from critics to begin with).
Ratings are crucial to any network, of course, but perhaps even more so in this case. The unique deal signed with the unpredictable Sheen stipulates that the show’s initial run of 10 episodes must perform well before FX decides whether or not to proceed with production on an additional 90 episodes.
So with six episodes left to go, maybe the ex factor will help perk up the ratings this week when Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards drops by (Thursday, July 19, at 9:30 p.m./ET). She plays Lori, Jen’s hot new business partner who Charlie falls for — before he discovers she thinks therapy is a scam.
Watch “Anger Management’s” second episode, “Charlie Goes Back to Therapy,” now on xfinityTV: