FX’s Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence comedy “Partners” got off to a pretty modest start on Monday, averaging a little over 1 million viewers for its two episodes.
The half-hour, starring the comedy vets as mismatched Chicago lawyers, is produced under Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate Television’s 10/90 model that bore comedies like “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Anger Management.” If the show meets certain ratings benchmarks after its initial 10 episodes, as those did, it will get the go-ahead for 90 more.
FX has stated that its analysis of ratings data doesn’t begin until L+3s come in (DVR playback within three days of a telecast), but according to same-night estimates by Nielsen, “Partners” averaged a 0.35 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.12 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock half-hour. It then dipped at 10:30 to a 0.30 and 1.01 million. This puts it a bit behind the March premiere of George Lopez 10/90 series “Saint George,” which wasn’t picked up for its back-90 episodes.
On Monday, “Partners” certainly fared better than “Anger Management,” which averaged a 0.22 demo rating and 658,000 for its back-to-back episodes in the 10 o’clock hour.
FX’s most recent comedy premieres, “Married” and “You’re the Worst,” have faded after their OK starts. Last Thursday, “Married” drew 538,000 same-night viewers and “You’re the Worst” could only pull in 393,000.