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Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men draws big numbers

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last night's season debut of Two and a Half Men -- the first one without Charlie Sheen and with Ashton Kutcher -- drew huge numbers. Estimates come in at 27.7 million viewers, nearly double what last season's first episode drew.

Undoubtedly the ratings came from the summer-long slow-motion public battle between Sheen and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and the interest in seeing how Lorre dealt with Sheen's departure. The answer: his character of Charlie Harper was killed off-screen by a subway train car.

His funeral featured cameos from several TV stars including Star Trek Voyager's Jeri Ryan, Missy Pyle and Martin Mull. Among the potential buyers of Charlie's beach-front home were Full House's John Stamos and Dharma and Greg's Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson.

So the first episode worked and drew in the spectators -- now comes the real test in the series' second week. Can Two and a Half Men continue on without Sheen? Will audiences dig the chemistry that develops between co-star Jon Cryer and newcomer Kutcher? And are the rumors true that Kutcher only signed a contract to appear on the show for one year? Does that mean that regardless of the ratings this will be the final year of the sitcom?

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