- - Sunday, July 1, 2012

Charlie Sheen and FX should be nothing but happy with the ratings for its premiere of “Anger Management.”

Thursday night’s debut of the sitcom star’s follow-up to “Two and a Half Men” ranks as the most-watched scripted comedy broadcast in cable history among viewers ages 18 to 49 and among total viewers (excluding children’s programming).

The series averaged 5.47 million viewers, 2.65 million of whom were in the key demographic. A second episode at 9:30 p.m. improved on those numbers, posting 5.74 million total viewers, with 2.89 million in the demo.

If subsequent episodes meet an undisclosed ratings threshold, the series will earn an additional 90-episode order — per the arrangement with distributor Debmar-Mercury.


Meanwhile, the FX comedies airing after “Anger Management,” “Wilfred” and “Louie,” received significant boosts in their viewership over last season, thanks in no small part to the lead-in from “Anger.” “Wilfred” rose 71 percent in its sophomore-season premiere from last year’s average, while the season-three bow of “Louie” was up 55 percent.

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‘Fashion Star’ loses Macpherson for season 2

When NBC’s “Fashion Star” moves to Sundays next season, the sartorial competition will look a bit different from its original iteration. After reports about a new format, host Elle Macpherson announced her departure from the series Friday.

“I have been involved with ‘Fashion Star’ from the beginning, and am very proud to see it come to life, not only in America but globally,” the model said in a statement. “The show is in great hands, and although I will not be hosting this season, I will still be very involved as executive producer where we will be reviewing the format for the upcoming season. Moving forward, I’ll be focusing on building the ‘Fashion Star’ brand in the international market and pursuing various other producing projects close to my heart.”

The brand has been sold in 75 countries.

Also not returning for the next run is H&M. The retailer joined Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue as buyers and distributors for the winning competitor’s weekly designs.

NBC plans live broadcast of ‘The Sound of Music’

NBC is going to the theater.

The network is teaming with “Smash” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for a live broadcast of the stage play “The Sound of Music.”

“There used to be a tradition of broadcasting musicals live back in the 1950s, and we’re thrilled to do it once again with a musical that has been a family classic for five decades,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Friday in a statement announcing the news.

“There is no more talented and creative producing team than Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final — and most beloved — collaboration to network television in this groundbreaking live telecast,” the executive added.

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