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Two and a Half Men nears 2.3m as Ashton Kutcher has his debut

The first episode to feature Ashton Kutcher instead of Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men was an enormous ratings win for Nine last night with the episode pulling in 2.293 million.

The episode at 8:33pm began with the funeral of Sheen’s character Charlie Harper and introduced Kutcher as Walden Schmidt, a billionaire who had stumbled into Harper’s home after trying to commit suicide by drowning after being dumped by his girlfriend. Harper was revealed to have died after slipping on a subway platform and getting hit by a train.

A repeat of Sheen’s final episode at 8:06 aired prior to Kutcher’s debut and pulled in 1.732 million according to preliminary metro ratings from OzTam. Another repeat episode also aired at 7:35 and received 1.438 million.

The debut of Tony Martin and Ed Kavalee’s new comedy show about TV, Joy of Sets, followed the Kutcher episode and received 1.165 million. The Charlie Sheen Roast followed where comedians poked fun at the TV star while he sat on stage and laughed. It pulled 810,000.

Research from Roy Morgan released this week saw Two and a Half Men drop from its top spot as Australia’s most-loved show last year to third this year.

Over at Seven, Packed To The Rafters at 8:30 ranked third for the night with 1.638 million.

The highest rating show for Ten was Modern Family at 7:30 with 806,000. It was 15th most-watched.

Nine had the majority share for the night with 27.3% ahead of Seven on 25.7%, Ten on 13.9% and ABC1 on 9.6%.

Tuesday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Two and a Half Men – Nine – 2.293m
  2. Two and a Half Men – Ep 2 – Nine – 1.732m
  3. Packed To The Rafters – Seven – 1.638m
  4. Two and a Half Men – Ep 1 – 1.438m
  5. The X Factor – Seven – 1.429m
  6. Seven News – Seven – 1.305m
  7. Today Tonight – Seven – 1.279m
  8. Home and Away – Seven – 1.17m
  9. The Joy of Sets – Nine – 1.165m
  10. Nine News – Nine – 1.036m
  11. A Current Affair – Nine – 0.969m
  12. ABC News – ABC1 – 0.948m
  13. The Big Bang Theory – Nine – 0.911m
  14. Charlie Sheen Roast – Nine – 0.81m
  15. Modern Family – Ten – 0.806m

Tuesday’s metro channel share:

Nine: 27.3%
Seven: 25.7%
Ten: 13.9%
ABC1: 9.6%
SBS1: 3.8%
7TWO: 3.3%
Eleven: 3%
7mate: 2.6%
ABC2: 2.5%
Gem: 2.3%
Go!: 1.9%
One: 1.6%
SBS2: 1.1%
ABC3: 0.7%
ABC News 24: 0.6%

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