Ashton Kutcher delivers record Comedy Central audience

Ashton Kutcher's arrival as Charlie Sheen's replacement in 'Two and a Half Men' helped MTV Networks International-owned Comedy Central to its highest-ever audience last night, with more than 800,000 viewers.

Two and a Half Men: Ashton Kutcher helped boost Comedy Central's viewing figures
Two and a Half Men: Ashton Kutcher helped boost Comedy Central's viewing figures

According to unofficial overnight figures supplied by Comedy Central, an average audience of 803,000 viewers watched the half-hour show between 9pm and 9.30pm, giving the channel more viewers than Channel 5, ITV2 and BBC Three.

Sheen was sacked from his starring role on ‘Two and a Half Men’ in March, after he made criticisms of the programme’s producers and the media began to report heavily on his controversial personal life.

A spokesman said last night’s audience beat the highest previous audience for ‘Two and a Half Men’ by an impressive 54%.

Jill Offman, managing director, Comedy Central, said: "Our ratings are great, but that’s just the beginning. We know for a fact and through Twitter that people are keen for more of Ashton.

"Along with returning series of ‘South Park, the US ‘Office’ and first UK-scripted comedy ‘Threesome', our new audience will find a channel that completely caters to their tastes."

‘The Body Farm’, the BBC One crime drama starring Tara Fitzgerald, was the most-watched show at 9pm, with 4.75 million viewers on the standard and HD channels, a 20.3% share of the available audience.

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