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TV Ratings Report: Series High for Two and a Half Men

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Viewers across the country tuned in to meet Walden Schmidt last night.

Two and a Half Men premiered to record ratings, as Ashton Kutcher's debut nabbed an incredible 28 million viewers for the CBS sitcom. That's more than twice the number that tuned in for last year's opener.

Following such a dismal episode, though, how many of these folks will stick around?

Meeting Walden

Elsewhere on the dial:

  • The How I Met Your Mother premiere was up 34 percent from 2010.
  • 2 Broke Girls took full advantage of its huge lead-in and debuted 19.2 million viewers.
  • Dancing with the Stars drew 18.72 million viewers in its second hour.
  • Castle and Hawaii Five-O kicked off new seasons with strong numbers: 14.35 million and 12.57 million, respectively.
  • The Playboy Club opened its doors to a paltry 5.05 million people, two million fewer than watched Chase last year... which got canceled after a handful of episodes.

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Jasonr

I'm glad about 2 broke girls. I think I found a new favorite!

Beru

I'm glad, I for one really enjoyed the new Two and a Half Men! I'll definitely be tuning in again next week.

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wow congrats to ashton,i hated it when charlie was on...am sad about playboy club...yay for hawaii 5 0....and please people shouldnt hate on ashton..charlie threw away a great job..