Ashton Kutcher's debut in Two And A Half Men has broken all previous ratings records set by the show while Charlie Sheen was the star.
Sheen was fired from the sitcom earlier this year (11) after falling out with show creator Chuck Lorre and Kutcher was hired to take his place.
Kutcher made his debut in the show on Monday (19Sep11) in an episode which included a funeral for Sheen's character, and it has now been revealed the broadcast drew in a massive 28.7 million viewers - a higher rating than any of the previous eight series' episodes which starred Sheen, according to The Nielsen Co.
Sheen also made an impact in the TV ratings on Monday (19Sep11) - his Comedy Central roast garnered an audience of 6.4 million people, making the show the second most-watched telecast in the cable network's history. Jeff Dunham's 2008 holiday special holds the channel's most-watched record, according to the Associated Press.