News Briefs: Ashton's Two and a Half Men Debut Draws 28 Million Viewers

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RATINGS!

... Just one day into the real fall season and we already have MONSTER numbers to report: 28.7 million people tuned in to see Two and a Half Men return sans Charlie Sheen. Yes, 28.7 million. And 31 million at its peak! That means a 10.7 rating (11.4 at its peak). Somewhere, CBS executives are cackling maniacally. Two and a Half Men crushed its nearest competitor, Dancing With the Stars (which drew around 20.5 million/4.5), and helped its time-slot mate 2 Broke Girls (which drew around 19 million/7.1) register the biggest debut for a comedy since 2001. (My video review of Two and a Half Men's Season 9 premiere is embedded below. It's short.) [TV By the Numbers]

... Sheen was alive and well during The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, which drew 6.4 million viewers—enough to make it the second-most watched show in the Comedy Central's history. Additionally, it set a television record for the most utterances of the words "cocaine" and "hookers." [TV By the Numbers]

... And how about that Playboy Club? NBC's drama debuted to a mere 5 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults. That, my friends, is what we in the business call "a horrible debut." It's an insider's term. [TV By the Numbers]


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CASTING!

... Michael Zegen (Rescue Me) is joining the cast of The Walking Dead as Randall, a character who is not in the comic books the AMC show is based on. Randall is a kid "who finds himself in a rather unique set of post-apocalyptic circumstances." You know, because most post-apocalyptic circumstances are fairly run-of-the-mill. [EW]

... Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos, the Portia de Rossi lookalike club) will guest-star in a November episode of CSI: Miami. She'll play a poker player with a secret! (She's holding 2-7 off suit!) [EW]

... I don't know the show and I don't know the actor, but here's the news anyway: Cam Gigandet has landed the lead in TNT's western pilot Gateway. Congratulations, whatsyourface! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital, How to Make It in America) and Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) will guest-star on Fox's New Girl as girls even newer than star Zooey Deschanel. [TV Line]

... Peter Berg, the actor/director who executive-produced Friday Night Lights, will join Prime Suspect for an arc in which he plays a love interest for Maria Bello's character Jane. [EW]

... Weeds alum Elizabeth Perkins will guest-star on The Closer in December. She'll play the wife of the LAPD police commissioner. [EW]


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE REST OF THE NEWS

... Syfy has picked up the reality show Dream Machines, which follows a pair of brothers who re-create unusual and famous vehicles from the world of film and television, such as Tron's light cycle. Syfy also renewed Hollywood Treasure and Haunted Collector. [Syfy, via press release]

... Former Smallville showrunners Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders have joined the staff of The Secret Circle as consultants. [Deadline Hollywood]

My Two and a Half Men Video Review:


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Sep 23, 2011
I understand that the first part, until Aston appeared, could easily be interpreted as Lorre showing off (look at what I did without you) and giving a metaphorical finger to C.S. But the line between the character and the actor is so thin... Anyhow, yes, the show will not be the same and "devoted" Sheen fans will never like the "new" show. But was it worst than some previous ep.? I don't think so. Sitcoms' ratings usually drop at, or after, the 9th season and many will blame Sheen's departure for it. The reality is that not all ep. of the show were "great". Cryer had much more lines and exposure than Sheen. Jakes parts are always brief but very subtle: like the fart. After seeing the season's premiere I believe that, with great writing, they may actually pull it off and run for a few more years.
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Sep 22, 2011
The Two and Half Men premiere was pretty damn good. I do see Ashton's character picking up some of Charlie's habits down the road.
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Sep 23, 2011
'Twas kinda funny that Alan "the looser", was coaching him in the club...
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Sep 22, 2011
Wait a minute SyFy heads you renew Hollywood Treasures and Haunted Collector but you decide to end Eureka. Brilliant move guys, just brilliant.
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Sep 22, 2011
2 Words: Series Finale!
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Sep 22, 2011
I'm really not a Ashton Kutcher fan. I was never a Charlie Sheen fan. I just found the show itself funny. I found the season premiere with Ashton Kutcher to be refreshing. It had humour, for sure, and I loved the gag with "Dharma & Greg" checking out the place. I also found it funny that Stamos checked it out. Given the rumours of him replacing Charlie I found it interesting that he looked and, well, the story he told was all Charlie. Anyway, I liked it. I'll check it out for a few more episodes to see whether it fizzles but for me the switch will allow Allen's character a lot of room to change and the show itself can just stay funny but yet grow.
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Sep 22, 2011
Wow, I can't believe everybody hated 2 1/2 Men so much. I liked it. But I guess I never really liked Charlie that much. I liked Ashton Kutcher, just like I liked him on That 70's Show. Men wasn't ever one of my favorite shows, but it's alright to pass the time. It doesn't seem all that much worse to me.
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Sep 22, 2011
I watch a lot of shows just to "pass the time", they are a lot better than this one... this coming from a person who wasnt a fan or watched the show on a regular basis, I only watched out of curiosity... I cant believe that true fans actually enjoyed it.
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Sep 22, 2011
Think numbers will drop heavily as season progresses. The premiere was a total wreck, not funny at all and as others have pointed out, Ashton Kutchers mono-tone voice is hella-annoying. Say what you want but Charlie made the show, people played off of him well even though I never watched it religiously. Curiousity created huge numbers, dissapointment will bring it crashing down.
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Sep 22, 2011
The season premiere was a total waste of my 22 minutes, I nearly didn't even get all the way through it. It was crap. They ruined one the funniest shows on TV.
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Sep 22, 2011
Oh Americans why do you insist on giving this douch clown known as Ashton Douchehead Kutcher so much power? This is just upsetting. The guy couldn't act his was out of a paper bag and pretty sure everyone knows that. God willing the ratings plummet next week. Fingers crossed.
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Sep 22, 2011
The opposite of love is apathy, not hate.
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Sep 22, 2011
I tried watching Two and a half men but I just couldnt endure it... and dont get me started on The Playboy Club! So boring! if I want to see Don Draper, Ill watch Mad Men... seriously, Eddie Cibrian even talks like Jon Hamm *rolls eyes*
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Sep 22, 2011
I really enjoyed the Two and 1/2 Men premiere. All the rest of the cast was in place being their usual entertaining selves, especially Jon Cryer who I've always liked, so life as we know it will continue.
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Sep 22, 2011
28 million were rubber neckin' for a 5 car pile up. What they got instead was a fender bender. I didnt watch but most thought it was ok.
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Sep 22, 2011
not bad but still, without Charlie two and half man is different
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Sep 22, 2011
People really need to get over this whole Ashton/Charlie thing. First off, Charlie Sheen will always be a better fit for this show, hence the last 8 years. Secondly, HE WILL NEVER GO BACK! Charlie Sheen has moved on from this show so people just need to accept that if it doesn't work out with Ashton the show will ultimately be cancelled.
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Sep 22, 2011
They better get Charlie back- Ashton is not funny and there is no chemistry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will stick to the reruns until CBS wises up and begs Charlie to come back!!
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Sep 22, 2011
I think h*ll would freeze over first and it would be hilarious from them to bring him back from the dead
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Sep 21, 2011
That's a great video recap of 'Men.' I couldn't convince myself to give a crap about that show if it was being filmed in my own living room.
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Sep 21, 2011
I LOVED the season premiere of two and a half men!
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Sep 21, 2011
the numbers were at 27million + cause people wanted to see how bad the show would be...I guarantee next week will be far far far.....far far far far far short of that...and all tho the episode was a billion times better then i anticipated (I was expecting something worse then "puppies close up with a wide angle lens" so beating my expectations wasnt hard) it still isnt the same with out King Charles and his winning ways...



If the show becomes the Allan show and ashton kutcher is just filler like jake...I'll watch...if they give as much screen time to Kutcher as they did Sheen...then I wish a whole lot of disease to the writers of the show
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Sep 21, 2011
2 and a half men was never anything special but i liked the new episode and i liked Ahston,his 10 times better than Charlie sheen will ever be so all am saying is good riddance Charlie..
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Sep 21, 2011
I think the ratings of 2 1/2 Men had more to do with curiosity about how they would change things rather than actual fan interest. It's the drop off that's going to really determine the future of the show. It's like the whole "Who Shot J.R.?" thing; people who didn't normally watch the show turned in to see what was going on. Let's see what the ratings are like at episode 6.
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Sep 21, 2011
Cam Gigandet was the bad guy in the OC and he also played in Burlesque, Easy A and the bad guy in Twilight. That's good news about Secret Circle! And I agree with everyone...Two and Half Men along with Two Broke Girls will see significant numbers drop next week...looking forward to it
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Sep 21, 2011
The first ten minutes of the episode were okay and I thought "Wow, they might even pull this off". But then Kutcher came in, and he just seems out of sync, doesn't go well with the surroundings and cast.
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Sep 21, 2011
Yup I watched that episode yesterday. It would be easy hating this show since it never been very funny just lame overall but I liked the idea that finally they are killing sheen off and bringing in Ashton. Did not know so much how this would turn out. I just heard that sheen left the series due to drug problems and that they are gonna continue the series. LOL of course since Chuck Lorre had some grudge with Sheen it seems he took a bit of it on Charlie Harper (the character). I mean after Alan spills Charlie's ashes he doesn't even bother to clean them up and put them back together. He just goes to the bar with Ashton. That was definitely a cheap shot. It was as if in he was saying that no one longer cares about sheen. We are killing your character and you will be forgotten in a week or so. That was expected. What was interesting where the cheap shots at the beginning and women telling he gave them different intercoursial deceases. I was expecting that though.
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Sep 21, 2011
I watched one episode of Two and a Half Men a few years ago and I never bothered with it again until now. I won't be bothering with it again from now on either. The most annoying thing is the theme tune and that awful "Men" voice-over when they are changing scene. Add to that, crap acting, crass overly used "jokes" and no likeable characters and I am completely at a loss as to how this show has kept going?!?
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Sep 21, 2011
When you have to resort to Dharma & Greg, you know you've "Jumped the Shark".
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Sep 22, 2011
The Dharma and Greg cameo may have been my favorite part. And when did different necessarily become a bad thing?
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Sep 21, 2011
good ews all round, nice\

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Sep 21, 2011
I doubt CBS is that excited about the numbers. They were expected. They were probably under their expectations. Killing of Sheen alone draws in an audience.
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Sep 21, 2011
that just about says it..one too many farts on tv,many,most not funny...too juvinille for my taste,but rock on guys!
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Sep 22, 2011
I counted only one fart. Grow up.
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Sep 21, 2011
That video review was awesome and perfectly encapsulates why I will never watch that show.
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Sep 21, 2011
Two and a Half Men? More like Two and Barf Men! (Hmm...that sounded much better in my head.) But seriously, why do people watch it? I sure hope that we soon got some intelligent comedies instead. And shouldn't the name have been changed to at least "Two and Three Quarters of Men" by now? (Yeah, that didn't work either.)
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Sep 21, 2011
its two and a half men because alan is jsut a half man
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Sep 21, 2011
The show won't put up numbers like that again, but it will average around 15 million a week and that's still a successful show.
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Sep 21, 2011
Sheen domination!
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Sep 21, 2011
F 2 and a Half Men and anyone who watches it. Yeah
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Sep 22, 2011
F U Back
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Sep 21, 2011
I guarantee the ratings for Two and a Half Men are going to DIVE the next episode. People just tuned in to see how they were going to write off Sheen.
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Sep 21, 2011
Week 1 curiosity viewers!! Lets see the numbers next week!

5-0 is fantastic!!!!!! And GRACE PARK!!!!!!!!!!
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Sep 21, 2011
Haven't liked most of the reality shows taht SyFy has added so far, but Dream Machines actually sounds pretty good.
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Sep 21, 2011
i think the playboy club was awesome and two and half men sucks big time who care about that show beside the i say i like bunnies wooooooooo bring more bunnies i like bunnies they are awesome stop you haters

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Sep 21, 2011
I watched the Two and a Half Men episode and I thought it was horrible and the only reason why I watched it was to see how The replacement would do and he is pretty annoying and that will be the last time I tune into see it along with probably 25% of the viewers. I'll bet the ratings will take a major drop next week and then another the week after. I don't think inserting that 70's show role into this show will keep viewers. But that's just my 2 cents!
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Sep 21, 2011
Conan won the Last Night ratings his first night and look at him now. People make mistakes all the time and learn better afterwards.
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Sep 22, 2011
Last night ratings? WTF are you talking about.
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Sep 21, 2011
Take that, Playboy Club!
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