Ashton Kutcher is a success. The season premiere of the new look Two and a Half Men on Monday night, in the USA, drew a series-high 27.7 million total viewers, almost doubling the audience of the sitcom’s year-ago opener.
The much-anticipated outing also scored massivly in the coveted 18-49 demo, more than doubling its tally there from the 2010 premiere.
What’s more, Men‘s mighty return represents ths most-watched season premiere for any scripted show since Desperate Housewives circa 2005.
All told, CBS’ sitcom line-up had much to smile about. A double helping of How I Met Your Mother delivered 11.7 million viewers, up some 34 percent from a year ago and both all-time highs, while 2 Broke Girls cashed in on their one-time lead-in by premiering to 19.2 mil — up 57 and 79 percent from Mike & Molly‘s series debut. (CBS notes that 2 Broke Girls marks TV’s most-watched comedy premiere since 2001′s Inside Schwartz.)
The night’s other big gainer was ABC’s Castle, which with 13.6 million viewers. Elsewhere in the 10 o’clock slot, Hawaii Five-0 returned to 12 million viewers (shedding half of its lead-in and down 10 percent from its 2010 debut, but besting Castle in the demo), while NBC’s The Playboy Club (5 mil) only drew two-thirds of the numbers Chase chased a year ago – which we never even got!
And lastly, in the reality-TV realm: The Dancing With the Stars premiere (18.6 mil) dropped 12 percent from last fall’s opener, while NBC’s The Sing-Off didn’t even manage Chuck numbers, mustering just 5.2 million viewers.
Two And A HAlf Men is on Tuesdays, 8.30 on Nine, 2 Broke Girls will air on Nine, Hawaii Five – O will air next Wednesday at 8.30 on Ten, How I met your Mother will air on Seven and Castle will air on Seven. Pan AM on Nine!