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Charlie Sheen Roast Delivers 6.4 Million Viewers

On the same night Ashton Kutcher debuted on CBS' "Two and a Half Men," the hourlong special centered on the former star drew big ratings.

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Two and a Half Men's monster premiere numbers wasn't the only story on Monday night.

Scheduled on the same night as Ashton Kutcher's debut on the CBS comedy, Charlie Sheen's Comedy Central roast -- taped last weekend -- was the highest-rated roast to date for the cable network, delivering a 4.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.

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That wasn't all; the Sheen special was also the most-watched show in franchise history, drawing 6.4 million total viewers from 10-11 p.m. (Men aired on CBS from 9-9:30 p.m., hitting a series high 27.8 million total viewers.)

Among the younger demos (men 18-24: 8.7 rating; men 18-34: 7.0; and adults 18-34: 6.2), the roast scored. Across all plays, the roast drew more than 10 million viewers.

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Social media played a large role, with the hashtag #SheenRoast generating seven times more tweets than #TrumpRoast.

Among those roasting the former Men star were Seth MacFarlane, Jeffrey Ross, William Shatner, Patrice O'Neal, Mike Tyson, Kate Walsh, Steve-O and Jon Lovitz. Slash appeared in an introductory clip.

After the roast taping, MacFarlane was relieved at how Sheen handled the jabs: "I think he handled it as well as anyone could have."

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Viewers weighed in Monday night after the Sheen roast aired, with one tweeting, "So loving this Charlie Sheen roast!! Some of the jokes are a bit dark, but effin hilarious overall!," while another thought the special "was weak."