The season premiere for “Two and a Half Men” was expected to be big — but this big? Wow.
The show’s first episode with Ashton Kutcher, and first without Charlie Sheen, set series highs across the board Monday (Sept. 19) and became the most-watched season premiere of a scripted show since “CSI” in 2005. The premiere was also the most-watched episode of a half-hour comedy since the “Everybody Loves Raymond” finale, also in 2005.
The final same-day nationals for the “Men” premiere put it at 28.74 million viewers and a 10.7 rating among adults 18-49, up from 27.8 million and 10.3 in the fast nationals.
Sheen, meanwhile, drew a significant number of eyeballs to Comedy Central for his roast. The special scored 6.4 million viewers in its premiere and 10 million over the course of several airings Monday night, making it the most-watched Comedy Central roast ever.
]]>“2 Broke Girls” at 9:30 p.m. ET (following “Men”) scored 19.4 million viewers and a 7.1 among adults 18-49, the best fall comedy premiere in a decade. (CBS is doubtless hoping it lasts longer than the previous benchmark, “Inside Schwartz”). “How I Met Your Mother,” meanwhile, scored its best-ever season premiere numbers, with back-to-back episodes averaging about 11.6 million viewers and a 5.0 in the demo. – “Dancing With the Stars” fell significantly from its premiere last fall, dropping about 11 percent in viewers and close to 22 percent in adults 18-49. That’s not great news, but the show did still pull in 19 million people and a 4.0 in the demo. – NBC was hoping for an improvement on its modest Monday-night numbers from last season but didn’t really get one. “The Sing-Off” premiered to just 5.3 million viewers, while “The Playboy Club” lured only 5 million people; neither show broke the 2.0 mark among adults 18-49. Only four and a half months till “The Voice” comes back, though! – The other two 10 o’clock shows both put up decent numbers but are headed in opposite directions. “Castle” (13.3 million viewers, 3.2 demo) had its best season opener to date, while “Hawaii Five-0” (12.2 million, 3.4) was off from its debut last season despite the big lead-in from the comedy block.