Monday TV Ratings: ‘Two And A Half Men’ Smashes, ‘Playboy Club’ Crashes

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Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher on the season 9 Two and a Half Men premiere Monday TV Ratings: Two And A Half Men Smashes, Playboy Club Crashes

Almost 28 million viewers tuned in to see the Two and a Half Men season 9 premiere, no doubt spurred by a macabre fascination at Charlie Sheen’s departure and Ashton Kutcher’s arrival. Elsewhere, NBC’s The Playboy Club did poorly in its debut.

The extremely public fight between former Two And A Half Men star Sheen and series creator Chuck Lorre has been news fodder for the last six months. Sheen was fired from the most popular comedy in the country and replaced with Ashton Kutcher. The undeniably vindictive manner in which Sheen’s character was given the boot didn’t help matters.

Public interest in the CBS comedy soared to even greater heights as Sheen continued to lambast his former boss at every opportunity. The combination of loyal fans and lookie-loos checking out Ashton Kutcher’s first episode made for an incredible rating of 27.8 million viewers, with 10.3 million in the key 18-49 demographic. Truly, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

The premiere of Two And A Half Men is the highest-rated scripted show in years, narrowly besting the 2011 Super Bowl episode of Glee for total viewership (Glee still beat it for prime viewers with over 11 million). However, both critical reaction and audience feedback have been overwhelmingly negative – CBS may have a hard time keeping the show’s viewership up to even its former levels.

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CBS undoubtedly carried the premiere night of the broadcast 2011-2012 season. The two lead-in episodes of How I Met Your Mother scored 11.3 and 12.2 million viewers respectively, with a maximum key viewership of 5.1 million. Immediately following Two And A Half Men, the series premiere of Two Broke Girls scored an excellent 19 million viewers (7 million in the key demo) making great use of its high-profile lead-in. Hawaii Five-0‘s season two premiere scored 12 million viewers, a better-than-average showing for the rebooted series.

ABC’s two-hour premiere of Dancing With The Stars maintained over 18 million viewers, but less than four million were in the 18-49 range. Castle, now starting its fourth year, won 14.4 total viewers at its highest point, but likewise topped out at 3.4 million key viewers.

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NBC continues its downward slide among the big four networks (Fox sat the night out, showing only the Hell’s Kitchen finale among reruns). The two-hour premiere of reality show The Sing-Off peaked at 5.7 million viewers. Even more disheartening, NBC’s expensive and much-hyped period piece The Playboy Club scored only 5 million total viewers in its series premiere, with just 1.6 million in the key demo – only 4% of its 10:00 time-slot viewership.

For a quick look at all the new Fall TV shows, check out Screen Rant’s 2011 Fall Television Preview.

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  1. I guess hot women in bunny suits just isn’t what it used to be, huh? :-D

  2. Two & a half men = Trainwreck. So disappointed. The opening sequence in the funeral home was dragged out for way too long it became annoying. The best part was John Stamos making a guest appearance, and Dharma & Greg!!!! Yeah, it got the highest rating, that’s because everyone was curious to see how the show would be without Charlie Sheen and to have Ashton take his place. That’s it. It will no longer be the top rated show on TV, it didn’t even win any Emmy’s this year.

    • I love your username. I just wanted you to know that.

      • Agreed

    • Bring Charlie Sheen back! Last night’s “New” Men was a horrible disaster. The chemistry between the original characters was perfect. Bringing Kutcher in is like throwing a rotten apple into a bin of fresh produce and leaving it sit for several days. Quite frankly the show stinks and is no longer worth watching. To sum it up in one word – Tasteless!

    • I completely agree i wont watch anymore episodes it was just unfunny. hey lets make Kelso rich…good one Chuck

  3. Hahaha NBC is going down after chuck ends it’s last season NBC has nothing.And two and a half men was kinda crappy

  4. Wow over the holidays i was watching reruns of the first 7 seasons of two and a half men(8 was alright), chuckled throughout those but this episode bombed so bad didnt know it would be this bad(was hoping for better),the jokes were just lame and stale and ashton carachter is just bland. Will stop watching after 8 seasons of watching very very very disappointed.The whole draw of this show was the relationship with the brothers and the chemistry and hatred they had towards their mother and even thats gone now sad days indeed as this was my favourite comedy.

    • It wasn’t just the brothers, it was the whole dysfunctional family including the mother, Jake, and Judith– and now Herb. This Wardlow guy has no relation to them other than that he buys the house. He’s not just Kelso all over again, he’s also POOCHIE!

  5. The Playboy Club? Well if the key demographic is 18-25 year olds they have had access to p0rn since they were 12. Besides a 20 year old recently asked me “What was so sexy about bunnies anyhow?” Maybe it should have been on HBO.

    • The Playboy Club: I think this series had potential, and honestly I think this series (not because of parents not liking the idea) would have been better on Showtime – not HBO. Why Showtime? because it would have allowed the show to one go without criticism, and two come on it’s a show about sex, porn, and beautiful women Showtime would allowed them to be as racy as they wanted – even more so than HBO. I think if they want the show to do well movie it to Showtime, and let another pilot they have stored take its spot.

      Two & A Half Men: all I can say is Charlie Sheen is winning, and since no one is asking it I guess I will – how many teens only watched the show to see Ashton Kutcher?

      Castle: No complaints.

  6. Two and a Half Men SUCKED Ashton Kutcher can not act one bit I am all for bringing Charlie Sheen back. I think that Chuck and Charlie need to act like adults and solve there problems and go on with a good show TV is going to the DOGS these day with all these stupid Reality show and now that this show SUCKS so much I guess I will go back to reading books and ending my subscription to cable as nothing is worth watching on TV.

  7. ironic isn’t it? NBC’s Chuck is the only reason NBC hasn’t gone down the crapper… and CBS’ Chuck is gonna be the reason their most popular show goes down the drain…

    • How is chuck the only reason NBC hasn’t “gone down the crapper”? Ratings for that show suck.

      • Jose ratings for Chuck don’t suck at all. They are average in general but for NBC the ratings are great given how low their ratings are on everything else.

  8. How is the season finale of Hell’s Kitchen sitting the night out? What are you talking about? What reruns? Fox’s primetime block is 8-10. Hell’s Kitchen ran from 8-10. I don’t understand your negative and ignorant look at this.

    • Who cares about a chef that yells at people?

      • Well, if he yelled at them, turned into a Hulk, and then obliterated people with laser eye beams, I might tune in. :-D

        • Now I like that idea Kahless. I would definitely tune in also if that happened. I can hear it now “HULK BEAMS”

  9. It may have been the highest-rated scripted show in years, but that was only because people were curious. I very much doubt that next week will hold the same figures as many former fans of the show will not watch the NEW Men again, including myself. It was a distasteful flop!

    • I agree completely, the high ratings were due to curiosity and the fact that many of us still wanted to give the show a chance, but the sad truth is that without Sheen that show is just a waste of money and time.

  10. Two and a Half Men is dead. Charlie Sheen may not be a perfect person, but you gotta give it to him, he was the soul of that show. Chuck better resurrect him or cancel that crap, the show won’t make it without Sheen anyway.

  11. I think it actually comes down to the show lost its ability to be imaginative and witty about two seasons ago when Sheen first wanted to leave and they gave him tons of money to stay. Sienfield and Andy Griffith had the right idea….Get out when you figure you’ve pretty much said all there is to say in those characters. Recently Rescue Me went through much the same thing…At the beginning of their final season they just didn’t have the old magic….But they were able to pull it back for the final three episodes and went out on top….Two & A Half Men…Really should have a sounding of TAPS so we can bid them to RIP

  12. I knew 2 1/2 would be a flop w/out Charlie! Bring him back! And fire Lorre! Get someone more professional to cover this show! Personal differences should not be evident in the script ! Losing this show is a waste of great t.v. and makes me finish with CBS all together! BRING BACK CHARLIE!

  13. bring Charlie back!!!

    • THANKS TO TIVO, I DID CATCH THE PREMIERE OF THIS SEASONS THREE AND A HALF MEN. LUCKILY THE SYNDICATION SHOWS RECORD AS WELL, AND WITH SUCH A BRIGHT WITTY CAST, WITH BELIEVABLE LIKABLE CHARACTERS IN A QUICK 1/2 HOUR SLOT, CHARLIE SHEEN BEING THE TOP NOTCH COMEDIAN GIVING TO THE CAST AS MUCH AS THEY SUPPORT HIM. CHUCK LORRE HIT IT BIG WITH THE RELATIONSHIP OF FAMILY, TWO BROTHERS CREATING A DYNAMIC THAT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SURPASS.
      THEN , THIS YEAR ,ENTER ASHTON KUTCHNER, STILLLLLL THAT SAME OLD SEVENTIES GUY, STUPID, OBNOXIOUS, AND PRESENTED AS GODS GIFT TO WOMEN. ONE HAS TO ADMIT, THE REST OF THE CAST TRIED. MR. KUTCHNER COULD LEARN A FEW THINGS ABOUT COMEDY FROM CHARLIE SHEEN.
      IF CHUCK LORRE WAS GOING TO REPLACE CHARLIE WITH ANYONE, HE COULD HAVE AT LEAST CONTINUED THE FLIGHT FOR HUGH GRANT , A MASTER OF COMEDY AND WITH EGO IN CHECK, WOULD HAVE POSSIBLY GIVEN THE SERIES AN EDGE AS A COUSIN OF CHARLIE’S AND ALSO GRANTED THE VERY TALENTED AND LIKABLE SHEEN A WONDERFUL SEND OFF.
      AT LEAST CHARLIE SHEEN WISHED THE SHOW GOOD LUCK AFTER HIS INAPPROPIATE FIRING. MR. SHEEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BAD BOY, BUT A VERY LIKABLE BADBOY WITH GRACE EXTREME LIKEABILTY BOTH IN THE BUSINESS AND THROUGHOUT AUDIENCES.
      THE ONLY APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR KUTCHNER HAS BROUGHT TO THE SMALL SCREEN WAS WHEN HE IS PAIRED TO BE THE BROTHER OF A GORILLA.
      SHAME ON YOU MR. LORRE. AUDIENCES ARE NOT STUPID. AS OUT OF LINE AS MR. SHEEN BECAME, YOU SIT THERE SLEEPING AMONGST YOUR MANY MANY MILLIONS THAT CHARLIE BROUGHT TO THIS SHOW TO BEGIN WITH AND PROVE THAT POSSIBLY YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PRODUCERS WHO GETS SO ANGRY AT SHOWDOWN NAME CALLING THAT YOUR EGO GOT IN THE WAY. AFTER ALL, ISN’T IT CHARLIE’S VERY PUBLIC LIFE THAT GAVE YOU THESE STORIES?
      SUCH POOR TASTE WITH A FUNERAL FILLED WITH HATRED AND JON CRYER AND OTHERS CAST MEMBERS SQUEEZING ANY EMOTION THEY COULD OUT OF YOU HATEFUL DIALOGUE. IT WASN’T MR. SHEEN WHO CLOSED THE SHOW, BUT YOU MR. LORRE WHO FORGOT WHOM THE SHOW WAS ABOUT AND HOW FINELY TUNED CHARLIE AND CAST EXECUTED SMART AND WITTY FOR ALL THOSE YEARS. THEY DESERVE AN APOLOGY.

  14. I see it like this you can’t say that Charlie Sheen just becamse this obnoxious overnight and act like it was something new to you. Charlie Sheen has always been obnoxious and that is what I always loved about him. That is what made that show successful and that is what the people like…the fact that he can say and do what alot of us want to do, but can’t! I stopped watching the show because I am a true Charlie Sheen fan and it’s just not the same without him. Butthole or not Charlie Sheen is the man! BRING BACK CHARLIE!

  15. All I gotta say is, I hope CBS is watching next week when it’s ratings tank HARD.

  16. Well this sucks I really liked The Playboy club it was pretty well written and interesting. Sad to see it get such low ratings.

  17. I have to say that I was so excited that Two and a Half Men was coming back on and although I absolutely love Charlie Sheen and his role on this show, I accepted what happened and with a complete open mind was hoping the new show would be funny. Well, everyone played their roles as written and did it well, but Chuck must be kidding. This was the most pathetic show ever written…. Really, no one loved Charlie???? Everyone one of those girls would jump right back into his bed death is not a laughing matter or an opportunity for revenge which is what this show ended up being all about. How sad that Chuck couldn’t think past trying to trash Charlie, the person he claims he only fired because he was worried he would die. Well, he killed him and then tried to make it seem that ont one person on the show had a heart or any love for Charlie. Even Allen who by the way Charlie made it clear that he was not leaving the house to. Then along comes Ashton and his story is that he is heart broken and about to kill himself but didn’t because the water was too cold!!!!! Are you kidding me??? That is the best Chuck could do??? 3rd Graders could have come up with that lame story… And why the desparate need to be naked and walking around in a strangers home naked? This was so unfunny and a huge disappointment to me. And then the heartbroken Ashton ends up in bed with 2 strangers? I hated it. My favorite show sucked. Chuck, you suck! We want Charlie. We love Ashton but you did him wrong. No one can replace Charlie!!!!! So Rose the liar really didn’t kill him and he is alive and kicking and worth the money…. Resurrect Charlie!!!!!! I am agreeing with most of these people who are reaching out and telling it like it really is, I just hope Chuck will read this and realize he showed his true colors and needs to snap out of it…. Put your personal differences aside and give America what we all love and that is Charlie Harper………….. Sincerely, “BarBara”

    • Barbara is so right. I was shocked when I saw this show. They have taken revenge on Charlie and made a mockery out of Ashton. To add–also insult to our all senses.

    • “WE love Ashton?” Please, speak for yourself; he’s a one-trick pony who married into connections cuz he didn’t have it in the talent-department, other than a not-so-talent based ability to act like a complete dumbass– which, contrary to what their fans claim, is NOT that difficult. “BURN!”
      However that writing was the crappiest I’ve ever seen, and if they weren’t trying to tank the show ASAP then they could scarecely do better.
      Do I hear Fonzie on waterskis and the music from “JAWS?”

    • wow couldnt have said it better!!!!

  18. Ashton, haircut and a shave, you look like a billionaire bum. Clean up please!
    I doubt if I’ll watch this, I used to watch a few of the old ones, it was funny. Charlie Sheen I could care a less about whether he’s gone or not. He made his money, and embarrassed himself.

    • gosh plz lol i sure u not that great urself and you obviously didnt watch the show enough to get why he was the show…so yes don’t watch ur probably more suited to jersey shore

  19. take leann ryms husband off the show and i will watch it hes already commented on her being in the show but i really dont want to see that to bad hes stuck with her hes a good actor

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