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.

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