TV Ratings: George Lopez's 10/90 Sitcom Premieres to 1.2 Million Viewers on FX

The network's latest -- and potentially long-term -- offering from Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury opens with a very modest showing among adults 18-49.
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"Saint George"

George Lopez returned to TV Thursday night, and 1.2 million viewers tuned in to join him. The comedian's new sitcom vehicle, Saint George, launched on FX at 9 p.m.

Those numbers are nothing compared to the premiere of 2012's similar FX comedy effort, Charlie Sheen's Anger Management, but Saint George also had nowhere near the buzz. What the new sitcom does share with Anger Management is heavy ratings scrutiny during this first batch of episodes.

TV REVIEW: Saint George

Like Anger Management, Saint George is targeting a 90-episode renewal if the first 10 perform within a certain threshold determined by FX with Lionsgate Television and the studio-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury.

The 10-90 approach has already seen FX get in bed with Sheen for 100 episodes of Anger Management, now performing much softer than its debut, and a similar model is on the table for an upcoming comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. (Debmar-Mercury had similar deals with TBS for sitcoms Are We There Yet?, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and Tyler Perry's House of Payne.)

Among the targeted demographic of adults under 50, Saint George averaged a less-promising 0.4 rating. That's smaller than cable time slot competition from a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (0.9 adults rating), TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (0.7 adults) and WE docuseries Mary Mary (0.5 adults).

Anger Management, 61 episodes into its 100-episode order, saw a lift with the new lead-in. The episode also averaged a 0.4 rating in the key demo, averaging 1 million total viewers.