FX's premiere of Charlie Sheen comeback vehicle Anger Management drew 5.47 million total viewers, ranking it as the network's most-watched series premiere ever.
The pilot, airing on June 28 at 9 p.m., attracted 2.65 million persons 18 to 49, which FX says makes the program the most-watched scripted primetime comedy series debut in cable history in the demo, excluding children's programming.
Anger Management grew with its second episode at 9:30 p.m., increasing its average audience to 5.74 million viewers, a total that included 2.89 million adults 18 to 49.
At 11 p.m., FX's first late-night series BrandX with Russell Brand drew 1.1 million total viewers and 687,000 adults 18-49, improving the time period for the network by 32% and 38%, respectively.
The return of comedies Wilfred and Louie benefited heavily from the Anger lead-in, with Wilfred up 71% in total viewers and Louie up 55% over its prior season averages. Both series had their second highest-rated episodes ever.
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