Cable Ratings: Anger Management Rebounds, Project Runway Stumbles, Awkward Rises

Anger Management reversed two weeks of downward trending with a visit from Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards — and with nary a champagne bottle in sight.

FX’s freshman comedy this Thursday drew 2.65 million total viewers, with 1.42 mil landing in the coveted 18-49 demo, marking week-to-week gains of 9 and 13 percent, respectively.

The series was also up in the Men 18-34 (+26%) and Women 18-34 (+45%) demos.

Wait, it just hit me: Richards was in Wild Things, and Sheen played “Wild Thing” in Major League. I just let out a Keanu Reeves-like whoa.

Elsewhere on Thursday:

* Burn Notice (5 million total viewers, 1.3 demo rating) was up 13 percent and a tenth, while Suits (3.7 mil/1.2) was flat, per TVByTheNumbers.

* Project Runway opened Season 10 with 2 million total viewers, says TVBTN, which is down some 25 percent from Season 9’s launch.

* MTV’s Awkward — now back on DirecTV — drew 1.8 million total viewers, up 6 percent.

* TBS’ Sullivan & Son bar comedy opened to 2.5 million total viewers with 1.3 mil in the 18-49 demo, which is right on par with the cabler’s most recent comedy debut, Men at Work.

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15 Comments
  1. TheDude says:

    What about Franklin & Bash. My favorite summer show, but I’m worried about it not making it to season 3.

  2. anibundel says:

    Re: Project Runway–it doesn’t help that Lifetime does almost no press or commercials advertising it’s return. There were a bunch of fans that I know who had no idea it returned this week until they saw the recaps posted.

  3. dewlove says:

    Hi all…The horrible, horrible Project Runway All-Stars and Project Accessory seasons pretty much have ruined the franchise. I didn’t even realize the new PR season was starting and am not sure if I’ll make time to watch it. Lifetime and the production folks were absolute idiots for doing all-stars without Heidi & Co and Project Accessory was a snoozefest. I watched the first episode of All-Stars and not even half of the second and just couldn’t stand their replacements.

  4. nick1372 says:

    Thursday’s Awkward was still affected by the Viacom/DirectTV dispute. The channels were restored Friday morning, at least an hour after Awkward aired.

  5. qj201 says:

    you know what? I never know when a show is debuting or returning anymore. Even on blogs that do the “what’s on tonight” thing…it’s selective and they don’t include everything.

    I only “heard” that project runway was returning the day it aired. I had to program my DVR from work!

    • don says:

      i totally agree. i never even heard of ‘sullivan and son’. why do so many of these columns/blogs seem to push network shows at the expense of cable? and why are we rarely updated as to statuses, e.g. what ever happened to ‘dance moms, miami’?
      whatever happened to chad (i think that was his name), the narcissist on ‘million dollar listing’ or those on the show at the beginning, for that matter? when did jason come out?
      what happened to jeff lewis’ latest show? is ‘flipping out’ returning?
      i could go on and on. but i’m sure i made my point…wake up and don’t take us, the viewers, for granted.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      I am sorry to hear of your experience with other TV news columns online; we should all be trying to expose readers to a variety of options.

      Speaking strictly for TVLine:
      * Our Summer TV calendar of more than 100 premieres and finales was 81% comprised of cable shows ( http://tvline.com/2012/05/24/summer-tv-shows-2012-schedule-premiere-finale-specials/ ) including the niche likes of TLC’s ON THE FLY, Cooking’s ROAD TRIP, History’s MOUNTAIN MEN, Sundance’s PUSH GIRLS, TruTV’s LIZARD LICK TOWING, Disney’s GRAVITY FALLS and Travel’s XTREME WATERPARKS.
      * Our daily What To Watch column casts as wide a net as ever; in the past week alone, 78% of the programs listed were from cable.
      * Addressing specific points, PROJECT RUNWAY was featured both in the aforementioned Summer TV master calendar, which is linked to every day from What to Watch, and in Thursday’s What to Watch column (including the lead photo: http://tvline.com/2012/07/18/project-runway-season-10-premiere). In that same WTW listing, the SULLIVAN & SON debut was listed and even highlighted in the intro.
      * As for TVLine features (including previews, interviews and recaps) pegged to summertime programming, using the past week as an example, cable represented 79%.

  6. Tracy says:

    I like Anger Management though I think they need to make Charlie more of a bad boy as opposed to being such a dysfunctional one. Also, get rid of Selma Blair! She is bad casting and there’s no chemistry between she and Sheen.

  7. rowan77 says:

    Let’s see if Anger Management can hold onto the bump they got from Denise Richard’s appearance. If they go back down then it may look like they need stunt casting to keep themselves afloat. Let’s see how it looks this coming Thursday.

  8. Doug-H says:

    The ratings for Louie are putrid??? But it has high buzz and critics love it… Will it survive???

  9. oskar says:

    How are the suits season 2 ratings?