Ashton Kutcher's 'Two and a Half Men' Premiere Seen by 28 Million Viewers (VIDEO)

Charlie who?

Though ratings were expected to be high, Ashton Kutcher's much-anticipated debut on Two and a Half Men Monday night still managed to shock everyone by pulling in a whopping 27.7 million viewers, making it he highest-rated episode in Men history.

If that wasn't enough, the episode also marked a stunning 110 percent increase from last season's premiere, helping it to destroy its main competition, Dancing With the Stars (18.6 million), which was down 24 percent from last fall.

Whether or not Ashton, who replaced Men star Charlie Sheen after Sheen made a number of disparaging comments about the show's creator, Chuck Lorre, will be able to retain such a big audience every week remains to be seen. For now, at least, the ratings are in his favor.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of NBC's Mad Men-esque series, The Playboy Club. The newbie series, which co-stars Amber Heard, was seen by just 5.0 million viewers. Ouch.

Tell us: Did you watch Ashton's big debut on Two and a Half Men? Vote now in our poll, then voice your thoughts on the episode in our comments below.



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  • Lake Como
    Lake Como

    Loved it! It's such a better show now.

  • Stacy Halstead
    Stacy Halstead

    I was sadly disappointed. With all the hype and buzz that was going on, i thought for SURE it would have been much better! ;) Although it was good and still funnier as every, i thought that the premiere was sadly mediocre!! :( I really thought for sure they would have written in Aston's character a lot better then they did!

  • Collette Ojeda
    Collette Ojeda

    *audience RECOMMENDATION (dang phone!)

  • Collette Ojeda
    Collette Ojeda

    I loved it. I'm sure they're gonna tweak his character a bit due to audience commendation (some said he was a little too much a grown up version of his character on That 70's Show) but overall, I thought it was hilarious. I hope the show does well. I actually plan on watching more now that psycho Sheen is gone!

  • Silky Johnson
    Silky Johnson

    The tell tale sign will be how many people tune in to watch next Monday. Everyone knows people love to see a good train wreck at least once...

  • Ari Silver
    Ari Silver

    I hope this will be the final season. They are really dragging it on now and making it up as they go along with no direction. I’m glad Ashton Kutcher’s contract is only for one year. He can return to movies where he belongs. I can’t believe I said that.