September 20, 2011 1:50pm PT by Philiana Ng
Charlie Sheen Roast Delivers 6.4 Million Viewers
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.
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.
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."
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."