Ashton Kutcher Sets Record For ‘Two And A Half Men’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Ashton Kutcher has bragging rights over Charlie Sheen.

Kutcher’s debut in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” on Monday was seen by 27.7 million people. The Nielsen company says that’s more than any other episode in the first eight seasons, when Sheen was the star.

The sitcom’s previous best came in May 2005 following the final episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

The new season started with an ending and a new beginning. During Monday night’s premiere, it was revealed that Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, died when he was hit by a subway train in Paris.

Kutcher was introduced as a billionaire who made his money off a website. His character moves in by buying up Harper’s old Malibu pad.

The freshman comedy “2 Broke Girls,” which aired right after “Men,” drew an audience of 19.2 million during its debut. The show posted the largest audience for a fall comedy premiere since “Inside Schwartz” in September 2001.

Did you watch the show? What’d you think? Will you keep watching it? Let us know below…

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  • alan

    Sitcom writing is pathetic. They tie everything up in a convenient package so quickly it’s ridiculous. Charlie dies and right after his funeral a billionaire happens to walk up to the house and buys it. Of course the brother and nephew will be invited to stay and live with the new owner (that happens all of the time). Oh and don’t forget the housekeeper, she’ll keep her job too. A .com billionaire will also keep all of Charlie’s furniture and artwork too. He wouldn’t have any of his own stuff.
    It’s so simple minded.

  • oas

    I liked it a lot! I rarely watched before because I thought Charlie’s character was boring and basically hostile to women – who wants a lover like that? Ashton was sweet and funny and innocent, and when he disappeared upstairs with the two ladies, they actually seemed to want him. ;) His warmth is a much better match to Cryer’s character than cynical Sheen ever was. So don’t change him! I’ll definitely watch the next episode.

  • Rick

    It’s a shame but this will be the time I watch this show Aston was the worst… This shows how much you care about your actors if someone has a break down even if he has made a lot of money you just fire him. What a great way to treat you actors. Bring Charlie back I will watch the show again. Aston is the worst actor the new story line was just bad…

  • val

    I love the show and will keep watching it. I think the other characters are great too and would like to see what they do with the new character.

  • wilhelm

    It is shame that you people are using “crack” so early in the day…
    The reality is this: the 2 and 1/2 men epsiode , sans Charlie was funny in fact great…but NOT because of anything Ashton did..the writting was perfect..but Ashton was as usually, juvenal, stupid, etc….and this was it…the high point from her on out it will really suck..

  • christine

    i only watched because i was curious…it was ok. will watch one more time to decide….so they better make it good

  • Regina

    soooo many people watched due to curiosity and publicity. i wasn’t impressed. i will watch next week and decide if i will continue to watch it..from last nights show, i doubt it though.

  • Bill

    Show stunk without Sheen.

    • were we just punked

      Agree without Sheen it might last a season.27 million just watched because they were curious. it will go down to 8 million next week

  • jtorres

    It’s just curiousity over how they were going to handle Charlie’s demise and introduce Ashton’s appearance. Whenever they fiddle with a show’s cast, especially if it’s cast-driven, it rarely survives, no matter how good the replacement actor is. I can only think of 2 shows that pulled it off: Bewitched and Cagney & Lacey. Then again, maybe it’s just the men.

  • Johnny Handsome

    Here’s a bet… Next week will see one of the lowest ratings the show has seen int he last 8 years. It’s not the same without uncle Charlie.

  • Tyler

    Too bad only three people actually liked it.

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