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Charlie Sheen‘s epic departure from Two and a Half Men seems to have paved the way for some epic ratings — maybe CBS should be thanking the actor for leaving! The season 9 premiere of the hit CBS sitcom, starring Ashton Kutcher‘s debut as Walden Schmidt, raked in a record number of viewers!

A staggering 27.7 million viewers turned in to see how Charlie’s character Charlie Harper would end and the debut of Ashton to the Harper household on Monday night’s premiere, Reuters reports.

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The figure almost doubles last year’s premiere, marking the highest in the show’s history.

The season 9 premiere surpassed the series previous record, the May 2005 season finale, by more than 3.6 million.

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Even Charlie himself tuned in to the highly-anticipated episode.

“Watching my funeral as my party gets rolling! Thank you @bucadibeppo for the great food!! Loving this night! …” Charlie Tweeted last night, along with the below picture which shows his viewing party of Men and his roast!

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