Ashton’s ‘Men’ Loses Nearly Half Its Viewers Since Week 1

by | October 18, 2011 at 11:36 AM | Ratings, TV News

Ashton Kutcher (left) and Jon Cryer on "Two and a Half Men" (Photo: CBS)

The new “Two and a Half Men” lost viewers for the fourth consecutive week Monday night.

Now the long-running sitcom, rebooted for its ninth season with newcomer Ashton Kutcher replacing long-time star Charlie Sheen, has dipped under 15 million viewers. According to the Nielsen overnights for Monday, “Men” drew 14.852 million viewers at 9/8c, down from 16.201 million in the Nielsen nationals a week earlier.

The decline since its ballyhooed premiere Sept. 19 is dramatic — a loss of 13.89 million from the colossal 28.743 million viewers the show attracted back then.

In other highlights from Monday’s overnights:

ABC won the night on the strength of “Dancing With the Stars,” which averaged 17.466 million viewers over its two hours (8-10/7-9c). At 10/9c, “Castle” had 11.499 million — to give ABC an average of 15.477 million on the night.

CBS came in second with: “How I Met Your Mother” at 8/7c (9.765 million), “2 Broke Girls” at 8:30/7:30c (11.292 million), “Mike & Molly” at 9:30/8:30c (11.589 million), and “Hawaii Five-O” (10.87 million).

Fox’s “Terra Nova” had a slight uptick in the ratings, stemming the viewer losses that have plagued it since its premiere Sept. 26. In the overnights, “Terra Nova” averaged 7.965 million from 8 to 9 (7-8c), up from 7 million in the Nielsen nationals a week ago. Also on Fox, “House” had 8.372 million viewers at 9/8c.

NBC averaged a lowly 3.791 million viewers on the night with a two-hour “Sing-Off” and a repeat of “Prime Suspect.”

Watch Monday night’s episode of ABC’s “Castle” right here:





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