Tuning in to TV: ‘Anger Management’ ratings up after steep slide

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Things are looking up for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management.”

The FX comedy, which has seen steep drops in viewership every week since premiering on June 28, finally saw a boost in viewers and in the key demographic on Thursday.

Week four of “Anger Management” brought in just slightly more than 2.6 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. That’s a 10 percent jump from last week’s 2.4 million and 1.0 demo showing.

The numbers are still a far cry from the record-breaking haul of 5.7 million from the show’s premiere, but it bodes well for the series’ chances of its 90-episode pickup option. An undisclosed average needs to be met in order for the network to renew the Debmar-Mercury distributed series.

“Anger Management” is halfway through its freshman season and three episodes into the eight-episode ratings sampling that will help determine whether it is picked up.

One Million Moms blasts NBC’s ‘The New Normal’

NBC’s “The New Normal” is following in the footsteps of “The Playboy Club.”

The upcoming freshman comedy from openly gay writer/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Ali Alder (“Glee”) has drawn the ire of One Million Moms, the conservative anti-gay group that blasted retailer JC Penney for featuring a same-sex couple in a catalog and called for the ouster of Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

In a posting on the OMM website, the group calls for advertisers to boycott the series, which revolves around a gay couple (Andrew Rannels and Justin Bartha) who attempt to start a family via surrogate (Georgia King).

NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage,” the group wrote on its site. “These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

The group cited a similar boycott — from the Parents Television Council — last season targeting then-freshman drama “The Playboy Club,” for what that group claimed was a “mainstreaming” of the pornography industry.

NBC canceled the drama after its first three episodes aired to dismal ratings.

'Project Runway' like another child for supermodel Klum

Heidi Klum remembers the humble start of “Project Runway” — when things were so bare bones, the supermodel didn’t even have a wardrobe budget.

“We started filming and I didn’t have a stylist in the beginning,” said the 39-year-old in an Associated Press interview Thursday. “I was calling friends and asking ‘Can I borrow this? Can I borrow that?’ “

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