Ratings: Two and a Half Men Gets Very High Sans Sheen, With a Record 28.7 Million Viewers

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Ashton Kutcher is indeed packing. Viewers, and a lot of ‘em. The season premiere of CBS’ rejiggered Two and a Half Men on Monday night drew a series-high 27.7 million total viewers, almost doubling the audience of the sitcom’s year-ago opener.

The much-anticipated outing also scored a whopping 10.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, more than doubling its tally there from the 2010 premiere.

What’s more, Men‘s mighty return represents ths most-watched season premiere for any scripted show since Desperate Housewives circa 2005.

(UPDATE: According to the finals, Men was adjusted up to 28.74 million viewers and a 10.7 rating.)

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All told, CBS’ sitcom line-up had much to smile about. A double helping of How I Met Your Mother delivered 11.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating, up some 34 percent from a year ago and both all-time highs, while 2 Broke Girls cashed in on their one-time lead-in by premiering to 19.2 mil and a 7.0 — up 57 and 79 percent from Mike & Molly‘s series debut. (CBS notes that 2 Broke Girls marks TV’s most-watched comedy premiere since 2001′s Inside Schwartz.)

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The night’s other big gainer was ABC’s Castle, which with 13.6 million viewers and a 3.2 rating improved on its previous premiere by 21 and 14 percent, respectively. Elsewhere in the 10 o’clock slot, Hawaii Five-0 returned to 12 million viewers and a 3.4 rating (shedding half of its lead-in and down 10 percent from its 2010 debut, but besting Castle in the demo), while NBC’s The Playboy Club (5 mil/1.6) only drew two-thirds of the numbers Chase chased a year ago — and we all know how that turned out.

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And lastly, in the reality-TV realm: The Dancing With the Stars premiere (18.6 mil/3.9) dropped 12 percent from last fall’s opener, while NBC’s The Sing-Off didn’t even manage Chuck numbers, mustering just 5.2 million viewers and a 1.9 rating.

What were you watching this Monday night?

Comments (92)

  • and they call Charlie Sheen the train wreck??

    Comment by deidre – September 20, 2011 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lorre again shows that nobody hates the characters on his shows more than he does. From depicting Dharma & Greg as a spiteful, bickering couple to invalidating one of the best scenes Two and a Half Men ever had (where Evelyn comforted Charlie after Chelsea left him), Lorre continues to make almost all of the “humor” come from a dark place of resentment against his own creations.
    I guess I would say that huge numbers don’t represent satisfaction, but it doesn’t matter to the network. I saw the show and thought it was pretty close to awful. Other than the cameos, it seemed like the writers had no idea what to do. And they shouldn’t have, because the entire show was written around Charlie Harper’s interactions with the other characters.

    Comment by Timothy McNeil – September 20, 2011 10:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We over here in Australia watched it as well on tuesday night(time difference). I found it very boring and if you have to resort to fart jokes and nudity to get a laugh then the writing is not very clever. Hasnt anyone noticed the half men is all grown up now and should have been replaced with a much younger chubbier kid. Really the show revolves around jon cryer’s character and no one else. and yet he does not get the limelight he deserves. all i saw of the previous seasons was charlie sitting on the couch all the time watching tv with the “half men” while jon cryer had things happening to him in each ep.strange no one has noticed it before

    Comment by davo – September 21, 2011 03:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Has anyone realised that they picked Kutcher because of his Kelso role in That 70′s show? Kutcher is a great comic actor and when given good material he delivers.

    Comment by James – September 21, 2011 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lets see, over 28 millions viewers yet, only a measly 31 viewers felt compelled to comment on the show. That says a lot about how bad the show really was. Apparently, it wasn’t even worth the time and energy to comment on.

    Comment by Lisa – September 21, 2011 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oops, 81 comments

      Comment by Lisa – September 21, 2011 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grasps the balls Lucy! 2 &1/2 m is not ur kind of a show then next wk. u wanna put on ur lil pink shoes and watch DWTS “live” then that’s ok. lol . This wk ABC u can’t see me but I am putting on my lil pink shoes and doin a happy dance and to sing hahaha still kicked ABC live rating Dancing ass. Ok, I know that was lil immature but feels so good to win a battle over Series verse Reality. . Nielsen “ live” is“prejudice” against the billion viewer that whom opted for the convince of technology and DVR 2& ½ m., When we were not counted, well, it hurts rite here.. and I can’t believed so many stupid people whom fall for Reality script shows.. Someone mix it up with non actors and come up Wrestling and Jackass and called it Reality. Reality show r masquerading as entertainment. They are authoritarian theatrical stage plays. Americans are hypnotizing mesmerizing and drawing influence from these Reality shows so much so they even watch these type shows ‘live”… A N D I want to kno Whazzzaup with that?

    Comment by fan – September 21, 2011 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by karen – September 21, 2011 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My guilty pleasure is Ashton, so I thought he was a good choice. Angus (‘the kid’) is fabulous. I love the way he stays the same, just gets taller. Cryer has made me laugh out loud and the supporting cast is terrific. Will they make it work without Charlie? They can try. I also agree that no body and a suspicious death in France = the possibility of a return of Charlie. Sheen was great at the Emmys – when he’s not bashing women and blowing coke, he can be very classy. I can’t help a certain fondness for the man and I think the bad stuff he does is drug and addle-brain fueled, but it got to the point where Charlie Harper wasn’t funny because Charlie Sheen was behaving violently and insanely.
    Still, a few guest appearances etc. and a show of sanity an he could be back . . . just keep his supply of tiger blood high.

    Comment by Laurie – September 21, 2011 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How they going to get Eric ,Donna ,Hyde &Fez in the next show . Call the boy what you will , he’ll always be Kelso . Bring Charlie back for the love of god man !!!

    Comment by Bret – September 22, 2011 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • excuse me. all of you are basing your opinions on one show. I always thought you should give a show at least a half of a season before you ragged them to death

    Comment by gwyn Weyant – September 27, 2011 03:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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