Ashton Kutcher vs. Charlie Sheen: Who won the ratings war?

Sep 20, 2011 at 8:17 p.m. ET

It was an all-out ratings war as Ashton Kutcher made his big debut on CBS’s Two and a Half Men, while Charlie Sheen got roasted on Comedy Central. Find out who was “winning” in the ratings war!

Who drew in more viewers -- Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men or Charlie Sheen's Roast? The numbers are in and it sounds like both actors are winning, however Kutcher's big debut as Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men was the ratings winner.

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According to the Associated Press, CBS's Two and a Half Men was watched by 28.7 million people yesterday. In fact, the Nielson Co. said today that this was more viewers than any other episode in the last eight seasons when Sheen had the starring role. That has to sting Sheen a bit, however he didn't fare so badly himself.

Charlie Sheen's roast on Comedy Central was watched by 6.4 million people, making it the second most-watched show on Comedy Central, behind Jeff Dunham's holiday special in 2008.

Check out the Charlie Sheen roast highlights and best quotes here >>>

To be fair, not everyone has Comedy Central, a paid cable channel, so that probably was a big factor in the numbers as well.

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Will people continue to watch Two and a Half Men, or did they tune in out of curiosity? Producers of the show did a good job in building up anticipation as they kept it a secret of how exactly Sheen's character, Charlie Harper, would die and how Ashton would fit in. The show had plenty of Sheen digs, including his death. He was killed in Paris when his neighbor/sometimes stalker Rose may or may not have pushed him in front of a subway train.

Tell us: Did you watch the Charlie Sheen Roast on Comedy Central or Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men?

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