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'Two and a Half Men' ties season high after Jones comments

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Two And A Half Men

Did Angus T. Jones’ controversial bashing of his sitcom Two and a Half Men hurt the show?

Nope, millions still watched “filth.” Thursday night’s Men episode (titled “I Scream When I Pee”) delivered 13.8 million viewers and a 4.1 preliminary rating among adults 18-49.

That’s the same demo rating as the hit comedy’s last original episode two weeks ago — which was a season high for the show. If anything, one would expect a decline for Men coming off its one-week break and a season high. Especially since Men‘s lead-in Big Bang Theory (17.1 million, 5.4), the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show, dipped 5 percent last night. One caveat: Men might eventually drop a tenth of a point in the national ratings since there’s a minute of Big Bang overrun into its slot.

Jones slammed his long-running sitcom in an online religious testimonial posted on YouTube earlier this week. The video became a media sensation. The actor has since apologized to those involved with the series, though didn’t really take back his criticisms of the show itself.

Also Thursday: ABC’s Scandal delivered a season high in the ratings and tied CBS’ Elementary for the first time in the demo, the latter taking a 4 percent dip. Scandal continues to operate pretty independently of its powerful Grey’s Anatomy lead-in too, because the medical drama slipped this week. At 8 p.m. Last Resort, which wasn’t picked up for a full season, was down 17 percent to a low. On The CW, an eventful episode of Vampire Diaries was up 15 percent, which also helped Beauty and the Beast. On NBC, everything was lower compared to its previous original episodes except 30 Rock.


FOX 8-9P X-FACTOR #5 2.7 8,232
9-10P GLEE #6t 2.2 5,799
ABC 8-9P LAST RESORT #14 1.0 5,202
9-10P GREY ANATOMY #3 3.0 8,712
10-11P SCANDAL #6t 2.2 6,666
CBS 8:00P BIG BANG #1 5.4 17,147
8:30P TWO&HALF MEN #2 4.1 13,814
9-10P PERSON-INTEREST #4 2.9 14,334
10-11P ELEMENTARY #6t 2.2 10,362
NBC 8:00P 30 ROCK #12 1.3 3,613
8:30P UP-NIGHT #13 1.2 2,968
9:00P OFFICE #9 1.9 3,892
9:30P PARK & REC #11 1.4 3,036
10-11P ROCK-WLLMS #15 0.9 3,441
CW 8-9P VAMPIRE DIARIES #10 1.5 3,203
9-10P BEAUTY&BEAST #16 0.8 2,154