Sheen-less 'Two and a Half Men' Season Premier Nets Huge Ratings

September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

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Ashton Kutcher

September 20, 2011 Updated Sep 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM EDT

Charlie who? It turns out that the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men is doing just fine without former star Charlie Sheen, at least to start.

According to a USA Today report, the ninth-season opener -- featuring new star Ashton Kutcher, who replaced the fired Sheen -- was watched by a series-record 27.8 million viewers, eclipsing the previous record established by the 2005 season finale.

Read the USA Today story HERE.