Why Charlie Sheen’s Ratings Bonanza for FX’s “Anger Management” Will lead to 98 Additional Episodes

Charlie is having a beer celebrating his success on Anger Management

By DiMarkco Chandler

When nobody else would, FX took a bet on Charlie Sheen this summer, ordering 10 episodes of the scripted comedy “Anger Management.” The series is based on the 2003 slapstick comedy film that starred Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. Sheen plays the role originally played by Nicholson in the film, and it’s his first acting role since his firing in March of 2011 from CBS’s hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”

In “Anger Management,” Charlie Sheen is an unorthodox therapist that specializes in anger management. As a successful therapist, Sheen finds a way to take care of his daily patients while also providing free services to inmates at a state prison. Before achieving professional success as a therapist, viewers learn that Sheen’s character was sidetracked from his Major League Baseball dreams because of his personal struggle with handling his own anger. With the help of a female therapist, he was able to make it to the majors and through one great season only to have his anger issues prevent him from continuing on with his athletic career. In his final at bat, he got so angry that he snapped his bat over his leg, resulting in a career-ending injury. Following this incident, the Sheen character returns to school in order to obtain his degree as a therapist, but his life nevertheless continues to have its ups and downs because of several complicated relationships with women.

With the rating results in on the first two episodes, Sheen is standing victorious in the winner’s circle as the premiere of “Anger Management” managed to make history as the most-watched, scripted comedy series debut ever produced for primetime cable TV. Sheen delivered 5.5 million viewers on the first night and 5.7 viewers for the second episode.

To sweeten up the dramatic expectations, FX cut a deal and gambled with Sheen, offering to order 90 additional episode if the series hit a certain consistent rating number. I’m afraid they picked the wrong guy to wager a bet like that with. It’s the kind of deal that a braggadocios guy like Sheen thrives on. The deck is stacked in Sheen’s favor, especially when you realize why the ratings were so historically high. You see, Sheen is playing himself, with all of his flaws and vices, and that resonates with a mostly male audience, many of whom see themselves in him.

I wish FX would take a bet with me because I’m predicting that “Anger Management” is here for at least another 98 episodes; you can bet on it.

Do you agree?

9 Responses to "Why Charlie Sheen’s Ratings Bonanza for FX’s “Anger Management” Will lead to 98 Additional Episodes"

  1. Emiley   July 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I would watch sesame street if Charlie was on I love him he is so honest and hey is that really a bad thing ,,,,,,,,,,,,,Charlie I love you dont go away AS sad as itseems you are the highligt of my life …Yes I am pitiful andprobably need serious help lmao I am oneof your biggestfans I love you Charlie I have very little to laugh about in my world so keep me laughing in yours .

  2. Brennen   July 1, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I must say whoever wrote this blog about Anger Management is not a fan of Charlie Sheen. I’m one of the most Sheenish people out there. I love Charlie Sheen and his choice of acting. Plus what I like the most about the new sitcom is that there is a stalker who stalks Charlie Goodson just like 2 1/2 men

  3. Tricia   June 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Why when I read Guardian many times, the headlines are merely what others have already written– just regurgitated with a spun topping. Reads like a blog. Grammmmar is atttrocious. Anything totally new and refreshing?

  4. j page   June 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if Charlie would somehow bring in all the other great characters from the original 2 1/2 men!

  5. Bonnie   June 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Love Charlie. He’s still winning!

  6. Lisa   June 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    It is alright for a good tv show and good for a quite predictable sitcom..of course i would have loved a more subtle, edgier, creative show a la Louie ect..even more on a network like FX, but Sheen and his showrunner chose the safe approach in order to get large ratings..well it is still fun to watch (i will watch again) and it will give shows like Louie or Wilfred some great ratings too so i am quite happy about this development..lol

  7. James   June 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Go Charlie! To see someone flourish while consumed with so much angst. I love it.

  8. Mike   June 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    It’s better than current 2 1/2 men, but still not that good. The old 2 1/2 men was still the best because of the characters and the writing. It’s stupid now because they replaced Sheen’s character with an idiot, and not the same flawed dynamic as Charlie.

  9. Woody   June 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I really like the show. I’ll be a regular viewer. Winning!


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