So how well did Ashton Kutcher‘s premiere episode of Two and a Half Men do in the ratings? Really, really well. 27.7 million viewers tuned in for the episode.
The show also had 10.3 million viewers in the prized 18-49 demographic. The ninth-season premiere was easily the most-viewed episode in the show’s history. While the shows rating were amazing, how were the reviews of Ashton’s performance? A bit mixed.
Here’s a sampling of what some of the critics had to say:
Chicago Sun-Times critic Lori Rackl: “Monday’s opener got off to a surprisingly good start, considering it took place in a funeral home,” she wrote. “Penis and fart jokes are one thing — and the first episode made it clear the show intends to keep cranking those out. But death is a tougher sell, even before a studio audience full of fans.”
Hank Steuver of the Washington Post: The show has never featured any “complicated story lines” and that Kutcher “demonstrated just how uncomplicated it is. Two and a Half Men is never too funny, never too odd, never too naughty,” he wrote. “Again, this is why it’s on in hospital lounges and the waiting room at the oil-and-lube.”
More reviews, plus a clip of Ashton’s naked debut are after the jump.
TVLine: “Men wrestled with the hung-like-an-elephant in the room: Is there as much humor to be mined from a goofy, well-endowed billionaire as there was from a not-as-wealthy jingle writer who seemed to satisfy women just as easily? Early indicators suggest no, seeing as the sitcom already and quickly played the “Look, He Accidentally Bedded Two Hotties At Once While Alan Lay Weeping and [BLEEP]ing” card.”
Chicago Tribune’s Robert Lloyd: “Kutcher brings a softness to a series that could be brittle and sour, misanthropic and misogynistic, and temperamentally middle-aged,” he wrote. “His presence might allow Cryer to play some sweeter, less strident notes, though it is up to [series creator Chuck] Lorre, of course, to make that happen.”
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