Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy Anger Management last night returned for its 90-episode back order, which will run virtually uninterrupted over the next two years. In its premiere, the show drew 1.8 million total viewers and 903,000 adults 18-49 at 9 PM. A second original at 9:30 PM averaged 1.6 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49. That was way down from Anger Management‘s big series premiere last year (5.5 million, 2.7 million adults 18-49). It was also slightly down (mostly in total viewers) from the show’s first season finale, which drew 2 million viewers and 994,000 adults 18-49.
Anger Management boosted the fourth season premiere of animated comedy Archer (1.6 million viewers), which became the series’ second most watched episode ever behind the series premiere. It was Archer‘s top-rated episode in all key demos, including Adults 18-49 (1.28 Million), Men 18-49 (991,000), Adults 18-34 (882,000), and Men 18-34 (712,000).
But at 10:30 PM, comedy Legit managed only 650,000 total viewers and 461,000 adults 18-49 in its debut, shedding 60% of its Archer lead-in. Things looked better at 11 PM where the return of Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell (331,000 total viewers and 261,000 Adults 18-49) was up 27% in 18-49 vs. the average for the show’s most recent seven-episode run.