‘Anger Management’ Headed For Broadcast

FX ordered another 90 episodes of the Charlie Sheen sitcom after a successful test run, clearing the way for broadcast syndication. Debmar-Mercury, which is handling the distribution, says the show is available for fall 2014.

As expected, FX Networks today said it has ordered 90 additional episodes of Anger Management, giving FX viewers more of Charlie Sheen’s “untraditional” anger management therapist and launching the sitcom into broadcast syndication.

During a 10-week test run on the cable network that ended last Thursday, Anger Management met its ratings goals.

According to FX, the show is the highest-rated new comedy series on cable in 2012, averaging 4.53 million total viewers and 2.5 million adults 18-49.

“We set a very high ratings bar that included some additional hurdles for Anger Management to earn its back-90 order and the series met and exceeded those metrics,” said Chuck Saftler, EVP of FX.  “Bruce Helford [executive producer] has created a sitcom that works extremely well in our pre-10 p.m. programming lineup.”

Anger Management marked Sheen’s return to series television after his successful, but turbulent run on CBS in Two and a Half Men.

Debmar-Mercury is handling the broadcast syndication of the show, which is available for fall 2014.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Likely major markets buyers of the show are Tribune Broadcasting and Fox Television Stations.

Tribune already airs Two and a Half Men on 17 of its stations plus two stations it owns but does not operate. It’s currently the No. 2 sitcom in syndication. In 2010, Tribune picked it up for a second cycle through 2020-21.


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