Nine’s Two And A Half Men ratings decline worsens

The fading attractions of Two And A Half Men to Nine’s viewers were underlined on Thursday night with a repeat  winning a four city audience of just 492,000 in the 7pm timeslot.

Last week saw the current series axed in the US thanks to the erratic behaviour of host Charlie Sheen. It is understood that Nine now only has around four or five episodes of the sitcom – previously the mainstay of its schedule – that have not previously aired.

Last night’s Two And A Half Men was the low point in Nine’s schedule, although it was dropped from the Brisbane market in favour of The Big Bang Theory.Nine News delivered 1.024m at 6pm, according to preliminary metro figures from OzTam. This declined to 881,000 for A Current Affair before Two And A Half Men’s 492,000 (639,000 including Brisbane).

At 7.30pm RBT improved with an audience of 785,000. Getaway then delivered 807,000 before CSI delivered 915,000.

Seven’s Home & Away pulled in 927,000 at 7pm while Ten’s The 7PM Project attracted 722,000.

In The Biggest Loser, Ten also had the only entertainment show to bring in more than 1m last night.

However, there was more encouragement for Nine in the breakfast slot with Today beating Sunrise in Sydney and Melbourne and only narrowly losing the metro battle 354,000 to 349,000.

Thursday’s top rating shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.132m
  2. Today Tonight Seven 1.102m
  3. Nine News Nine 1.025m
  4. The Biggest Loser Ten 1.019m
  5. Home and Away Seven 0.928m
  6. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nine 0.915m
  7. ABC News ABC 0.904m
  8. How I Met Your Mother – 8:00pm Seven 0.899m
  9. A Current Affair Nine 0.880m
  10. Grey’s Anatomy Seven 0.848m
  11. How I Met Your Mother – 7:30pm Seven 0.815m
  12. Getaway Nine 0.807m
  13. RBT Nine 0.784m
  14. The 7PM Project Ten 0.723m
  15. The 7:30 Report ABC 0.722m

Thursday’s share:

  • Seven: 22.5%
  • Nine: 20.4%
  • Ten: 15.9%
  • ABC1: 12.4%
  • Eleven: 4.6%
  • SBS1: 4.5%
  • GO!: 4.3%
  • 7mate: 4.1%
  • Gem: 3.3%
  • 7TWO 3.2%
  • ABC2: 2.4%
  • One: 1.1%
  • ABC News 24: 0.6%
  • ABC3: 0.5%
  • SBS2: 0.4%

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