Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men Debut Earns Series High Ratings

Entertainment Sep. 20, 2011 AT 2:21PM
Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men Debut Earns Series High Ratings

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Charlie Sheen's Two and a Half Men replacement Ashton Kutcher sure was a ratings draw Monday, as the 33-year-old actor's first appearance on the CBS comedy helped garner the show's highest ratings in series history.

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Nearly 28 million viewers tuned in to see Kutcher introduce his character, Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, to the Two and a Half Men cast, including Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. The episode was Men's best season premiere since 2005.

Monday night's episode also featured the death of Sheen's Charlie Harper -- by way of a grusome train accident.

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As Sheen's presence on the series fades, the actor is confident Kutcher will be an asset to the show.

"From the bottom of my heart," Sheen said to his former colleagues at Sunday's Emmys, "I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television."

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