'Two And a Half Men' Premiere Draws Nearly 28 Million Viewers

The veteran CBS comedy has a massive season premiere as Charlie Sheen's character is killed off and Ashton Kutcher makes his entrance.
 

After months of publicity spurred by Charlie Sheen's public and bitter exit from the long-running sitcom Two And a Half Men, viewers finally got to learn what happened to Sheen's character Charlie Harper.

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Spoiler alert: he was hit by a speeding subway train.

But the curiosity factor surrounding Sheen's exit and Ashton Kutcher's debut as a dispirited internet billionaire who moves into Harper's house translated into boffo ratings for CBS last night.

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Nearly 28 million viewers (27.7 million to be exact) watched the 9 p.m. premiere of Men on CBS. The show also pulled in a 10.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and a 12.2 rating among viewers 25-54.

That's a huge jump -- nearly 90 percent among total viewers -- compared to last season's bow, which averaged 14.6 million and 4.9 in the 18-49 demo and 6.1 in the 25-54 demo.

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