Slow Ratings Start For FX’s ‘Partners’

The new 10/90 sitcom from Debmar-Mercury premiered Monday at 9 p.m. to 449,000 viewers in the key adult 18-49 demographic. A second episode at 9:30 p.m. had 381,000 viewers. Later this week, the cable network will issue live-plus-three-day ratings.

FX’s new 10/90 sitcom Partners from distributor Debmar-Mercury and producer Lionsgate didn’t get off to an encouraging start on Monday. However, its two episodes did better than lead-out, Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management, based on live-plus-same-day Nielsen ratings. But Partners fell short of George Lopez’s Saint George, which finished its run in May after 10 episodes.

Partners premiered at 9 p.m. to 449,000 viewers in the key adult 18-49 demographic. A second episode at 9:30 p.m. had 381,000 viewers. Anger Management pulled in 302,000 viewers in the demographic and 247,000 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively.

In March, Saint George debuted to 556,000 adult 18-49 viewers.

FX no longer issues overnight ratings for its shows. Later this week, it will issue Partners’ live-plus-three-day ratings, which includes live viewing and three days of DVR playback.

Partners, like Anger Management and Saint George, is a 10/90 series. Under the deal, FX orders 10 episodes of a show. If the show achieves an undisclosed metric, FX automatically orders 90 more episodes. That triggers its sale by Debmar-Mercury into broadcast syndication. Anger Management debuts in syndication this fall.

On Partners, sitcom veterans Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are down-on-their-luck lawyers who become business partners.

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