Ashton Kutcher's Canadian 'Two And a Half Men' Debut Grabs 5 Million Viewers
Season premiere on CTV without Charlie Sheen is the second most-watched comedy broadcast in Canada after a May 2004 airing of a Friends episode.
TORONTO – A rebooted Two and a Half Men starring Ashton Kutcher drew a whopping five million total Canadian viewers Monday night on the CTV network.
The Canadian broadcaster reported 6.7 million viewers tuned into some or all of the broadcast, and 1.4 million viewers in Toronto alone watched CBS’ Two and a Half Men season premiere at 9 p.m.
With Charlie Sheen no longer in the starring role, the CBS comedy delivered a 22.0 rating among Canadians in the A25-54 demo, according to BBM Canada data.
Last night’s season premiere was the second most-watched comedy broadcast ever in Canada, after a Friends episode on May 6, 2004 on rival Global Television.
Other rookie show debuts Monday night north of the border included NBC’s Whitney, which stars Whitney Cummings, on CTV debuting at 9:30 p.m. out of simulcast with 2 million total viewers, against CBS’ 2 Broke Girls bowing on rival Citytv with 964,000 total viewers – the highest-ever debut comedy for Citytv.
And at 10 p.m., CTV’s Castle season premiere secured 2 million total viewers, just ahead of 1.91 million viewers on rival Global Television for a simulcast of CBS’ Hawaii 5-O.
The season premiere of NBC’s The Playboy Club on Citytv drew a modest 485,000 viewers.
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