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Ashton Kutcher & Two And A Half Men A Ratings Hit!

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Sep. 20 2011, Updated 5:00 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Sorry Charlie.

CBS’ revamped Two and a Half Men, featuring Ashton Kutcher as a heartbroken billionaire, scored huge ratings for the network, luring in 27.8 million viewers for its season 9 premiere --  twice the number that tuned into last season’s premiere when Sheen was still the star of the show.

Not only was Two and a Half Men a bona fide hit Monday night, it was also the highest rated ‘Men’ episode  -- ever.

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The sitcom garnered a 10.3 rating/ 24 share in the all important key demo of adults, aged 18-49, and a 12.2 rating in the 25-54 demo, according to early data from Nielson.

‘Men’ delivered a powerful lead-in to a new CBS sitcom, Two Broke Girls, which averaged a whopping 19.2 million viewers.

The number of people who tuned in to watch ‘Men’ was so high, it put a noticeable dent in the ratings for ABC's season premiere of Dancing With the Stars, which averaged 18.6 million for the night.

However, the two-hour ‘Dancing’ premiere was still strong enough to give ABC to a win for the night in viewers, thanks in part to curiosity over Chaz Bono, the program’s first transgender contestant.

Meanwhile, NBC’s The Playboy Club premiered to a weak 5 million viewers Monday night, while The a Cappella competition The Sing-Off fared a little bit better, taking in 5.2 million viewers for its two-hour season premiere.

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