Two and a Half Men premiere ratings are in. And they’re jaw dropping. Stunningly huge. The ninth season premiere, starring Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen, delivered 27.7 million viewers Monday night — that’s in the ballpark of an American Idol premiere.
Even more impressive: The sitcom scored a 10.3 rating among adults 18-49. That’s easily an all-time high for the show, and up 110 percent over last fall’s eighth-season debut with Sheen. Everybody expected the sitcom’s first new episode back would perform strong, but not like this. Men had the highest-rated season premiere for a scripted series since Desperate Housewives premiered six years ago.