FX’s Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence Comedy ‘Partners’ Opens to OK Ratings

Partners TV Review FX

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.



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  1. john says:

    Everyone but Martin Lawrence is trying to make this work. It’s like he doesn’t really want to be there and is hoping his previous work will carry him. This show isn’t going to make it. Lawrence is the anchor holding back progress.

  2. Virgil says:

    If this show doesn’t make it, it will be because of the other cast members. Totally wrong starting with both daughters and everyone else. Lame, annoying characters and poor actors. Martin and Grammer are good, but they probably won’t be able to hold the show on their own!

  3. Carol says:

    I really like the show, I think it is very funny laugh out loud funny the ,laugh track is distracting but the show is very good.

  4. Sonia says:

    Agreed. The laugh track is really distracting and awkward since I don’t find those parts funny.

  5. Shawn says:

    If I have to put up with that laugh track I won’t be watching long.

  6. MaryGale says:

    Partners has to get rid of the canned laughter to survive.

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