'Anger Management' ratings fall; 'Archer' returns to series high

Archer-Premiere

Maybe there is some order in the comedy universe?

FX’s cult favorite animated series Archer returned Thursday night to its biggest adult demo rating ever. The spy comedy’s 10 p.m. season four premiere was seen by 1.6 million viewers (its second most-watched telecast of all time) and 1.3 million adults 18-49 (a series high) at 10 p.m. Nice to see this consistently clever show actually gain momentum four years into its run.

Meanwhile, the return of Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management dropped sharply compared to last year’s series debut. The 9 p.m. telecast delivered 1.8 million viewers (903,000 adults 18-49) and the 9:30 p.m. airing had 1.7 million (994,000 in the demo). The premiere was down 67 percent from last summer, which was FX’s biggest series debut ever. Anger Management was definitely expected to come back lower given all the hype surrounding Sheen’s move to cable last year. Plus, the series faced steeper competition last night than it had during the summer. This is still a semi-decent number for an FX comedy. The premiere begins the network’s whopping 90-episode commitment to the show.

Also, the 10:30 p.m. series premiere of FX’s new comedy Legit delivered only 650,000 viewers, shedding the bulk of its Archer lead-in.

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