Ratings Rise for Sheen's 'Men'
There's no such thing as bad Charlie Sheen press. Two and a Half Men climbed in ratings Monday night following a week of ongoing rumors and controversy surrounding the CBS star, proving once again that viewers shrug off his tabloid-headline habits.
Men (13.6 million viewers, 4.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) was up 7% for an episode titled "The Crazy Bitch Gazette." With Men resuming production this week, Sheen is expected to be back on the set today.
The comedy rose along with the rest of the CBS block despite heavier competition from Fox this week.
CBS' How I Met Your Mother (9 million, 3.7) was up 16%, Rules of Engagement (8.8 million, 3.4) gained 13% and Mike & Molly (3.6) -- coming off some controversy of its own last week -- rose a tenth. At 10 p.m., Hawaii Five-0 was also up slightly.
ABC aired the 200th episode of Dancing With the Stars (19.7 million, 4.0), down 7%, with Castle (11.8 million, 2.8) down at least a tenth.
Fox's final game of the World Series gave the network the nightly win. The game drew 14.9 million viewers and a 4.2 adult demo rating. That's down about 17% from last year's Game 5, though up about 13% from the lowest Series of all time two years ago.
NBC's Chuck (5.5 million, 2.0) gained a tenth, while a Women of SNL (5.4 milion, 2.0) special held its lead-in.
The CW's 90210 (2.1 million, 1.0) and Gossip Girl (2 million, 1.0) were steady in the demo, though reached season highs among total viewers.