Sheen critiques 'Two and a Half Men' as ratings fall
October 24th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

Sheen critiques 'Two and a Half Men' as ratings fall

If ratings are any indication, viewers may not be thrilled with the revamped "Two and a Half Men," and for that matter neither is its former star, Charlie Sheen.

"I'm extremely disappointed with how they're handling what I left behind," Sheen told an L.A. paparazzo armed with a video camera last week, according to TMZ.

Although he's previously praised the premiere episode, which saw the entrance of his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, Sheen doesn't sound surprised that ratings have slid in recent weeks. "People aren't stupid," he said. "Not all of them."

But he's also not blaming it on Kutcher, who in Sheen's estimation is "doing the best he can. I don't think the role is cursed."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, although "Men" premiered to 28 million in September, the ratings for last week's episode dropped by 12 percent over the ratings for the week prior.

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  1. Montana

    Did they ever show charlie in a coffin, or just say he died... Maybe he could just be faking his death and is hiding out from some girls husband.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ninjamonkeyz

      Watch the episode and you will see for yourself, I won't give you any spoilers.. I tried to give Ashton the benefit of the doubt, but the show lost my interest, It was like they were lost and didn't know which direction to go with the show, and tried and failed every time with each new episode, They got desperate and brought Charlies ghost back as Kathy Bates in one of the newer episodes, obviously an admission of defeat. *The show should be pulled!* .. I am looking forward to Anger Management- the new show Charlie is going to be in, I can't wait 🙂

      June 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. garbage tv

    The show totally sucks,the ratings are dropping by huge amounts each episode.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brenda

    Gotta say Charlie you are winning. 🙂 I watch the reruns not the show with AK. Funny thing is I always liked AK and now he is in this show I have learned to really dislike his acting. So, if you want to keep the show you better be offering Charlie some big money to come back.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stu Brad

    The show without Sheen is horrible. Bad acting, bad everything. I don't watch TV on Monday nights now, I'm getting extra work done in my shop.

    February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Homan

    I used to think the show was clever. Once Sheen was fired, I have been checking in on a few newer episodes, I can say they really suck. Also, what's up with Hollywood, a few new shows, re-runs, then one new show, and again re-runs??? it looks like they pretty much make a lot of money and can't even make a good product any more. The writer's seem to be tapped out, and it gets worst each week. The whole line up in our area for Monday night has me no longer watching anything on television.

    January 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lee

    This show completely stinks. The show is trying to make Jon more of a comedian and his son Jake. Berta's character
    is now totally wrong. I am sick of looking at Ashton he is like a mad-mountain hick!! Get rid of him, his hair, his
    lack of comedic and general acting ability. Chuck Lorre was a great story teller with Charlie Sheen – but he has
    blown it this time around.

    December 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ruben

    Every charpter, all the charpter, they talk about Charlie Sheen's character, when not to talk about him, the audience would continue to fall.
    Charlie Sheen should charge for naming him.
    Charlie returns or the tv show dissapear.

    November 20, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dana

    I kept watching the show, hoping it might bet better. But unfortunately it hasn't.
    Old premise was that Charlie was the druknen randy one, with everyone else standing back condemning him, but secretly wishing they were as free spirited.
    New premise is that everyone is just as randy. The housekeeper wants to sleep with Walden, Alan's ex-wife and his mother already have, and in the last show Alan jumps in the shower with Walden and compliments him on the size of his penis.
    It seems as though there was at least SOME discretion in the old series with Charlie, but now there isn't any at all. Even Jake is on the brink of scoring with his girlfriend.
    Best way Chuck Lorre might save the show is to pull a "Dallas," where Charlie's death was, in fact, just a dream and he's still alive and kicking.
    Bring back Charlie Sheen and save the show – and my sanity.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    The show stinks without Charlie Sheen. Aston Kutcher is not a leading man. He's funny as part of a cast like in That 70's show but he's proven when he is in the spotlight he achieves mediocrity at best...

    November 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RoyBemis

    Old premise, well off jingle writing playboy, allows his annoying unsuccessful chiropractor brother and his brain dead son into his life and we get to see how he deals with this quandary.
    New premise, unbelievably rich, good looking stupid guy, meets the same two people.
    Old premise, we know that Charlie may hate his situation but he can't throw out his brother... One can understand.
    New premise, Ashton can just walk out.
    Imposed frustration can be funny, self imposed frustration is just stupid.

    October 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Amy

    Sorry guys, the new show sucks! Bring Charlie back, Ashton cannot pull it off, he may be pretty but he can't act. I miss Charlie, enough said. The writers and producers screwed up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jacqui

    Better the show "fall off the face of the earth" than fall off the ratings chart. BRING BACK SHEEN!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Susan

    At least they tried to keep it going. Better than it just falling off the face of the earth. I hate when shows do that.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. freeonacloud

    they should of shelved 2 1/2 men when they lost Charlie and maybe tried to do a spin off from it. . Aston was a dumb nuts on the 70's show and still can't act. his so called ' pretty boy looks' will not help the show last very long
    I can't watch this show without Charlie being there, at least he was a real person and didn't look like a big carton goon that couldn't make me laugh ( there would probably wouldn't be any laughing if u didn't have the laugh track)
    I find nothing entertaining about the show now. The bond of the original show has been broken.
    I love and miss Charlie Sheen and would rather watch the reruns of 2 1/2 men then watch the mess it now even the way they killed off Charlie off was lame and I won't watch it any more until the real Charlie is back. Ashton on the other hand was so right when he said ' watch it, don't watch it, I don't care I get paid any way and is putting big wads of money in his pockets.
    the ghost Ideal wasn't a bad Ideal but some how you need to make Charlies death a mistake and bring him back. another 4 less viewers =:(....

    October 26, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. watchman5

    Too bad the producers and writers can't see for themselves that there is no longer brotherly love, sonship, and commiment to balance the show themes out. There is nothing left in this show that is remdeeming and that you want to cheer about. Allan is now a complete dolt, when before he had moments where he was a kind compassionate brother, son, and father. Now he is just a repulsive leech. Jake is wondering around in his closet. His role is completely gone!!! He's a ghost. Poor Ashton, his character is still alien to us. We haven't been given anything about him yet that has caused us to care about who he is, let alone his plight. The whole thing is a pathetic shell. Sorry guys. Maybe you could bring back Charlie in ghost form...and the wisecracks combined with genuine love could be wonderful again. He could look out for Jake and Allan, and have a wicked disdain for Ashton's character. You might get viewers back with that scenario!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Oglesby

    Lorree appears to believe the nudity of Ashton is attractive and will rein in the viewers. Spot on, the gay men and little screaming girls and cougars. Ashton su–s as does the story line and all the canned laughter. A total insult to fans of what was a COOL show. John Cryer and his over acting is beneath him as is this "new show" . Either bring Sheen back or sack it Chuck, as you are the FOOL not Sheen! C. L. , climb or fall down off of your the high horse as we the viewers are NOT idiots. No clothes do not make the man attractive on a comedy show and shame on you C. L. for the exploitation of Ashton's nudity to attract viewers.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. bill c

    The magic just is not there. Timing is not right

    October 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Chris

    Show is boring. The ratings drop has nothing to do with the tabloids, it's the show. Ashton's role is not funny. Bring Sheen back if you want to see ratings increase.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. mike

    any show that continues to drop 12% per week and the writers keep putting out garbage is looking to get cancelled. If every one grabbed a clue and quit watching. The show would get the death it rightfully deserves!

    October 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Bob Furst

    This is an opportunity to call Charle back as a ghost – ala "Topper". If anybody could put it back on to number 1 – its Charle Sheen – keep the present cast – but ask Charlie to come back as a ghost – its a natural success – very funny!

    October 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Rose

    ...oh Sheen's comments were mostly like what the rest of the supporting cast thinks but fear for their jobs...if they'd fire the true star of the show, what chance to do have ....

    October 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  22. Rose

    I think there might be some sour grapes in Charlie's comments, yet, who can dispute his critique. The show absolutley sucks! I watched the first show and quit. Even the star quality case seemed to wane in their performances off the lifeless Ashton. I have nothing against him. But the reality has always been, he's a B class actor, good for one role which he brought to Two and Half Men. I don't blame him. I blame the producers, mostly Chuck! I gave it a chance, now for my loyalty of the other cast members, Lorrie is calling myself and the other viewers who think it's no longer a good quality show worth a half hour of my/our life every week, a rubbernecker...Way to go Chuckie....I miss Charlie and all the cast members who jelled making the show a good long running show...Hope Aston is saving a few bucks because even your bull love triangle press isn't going to save you. Look in the mirror, you're not Sheen and the show you now call yours, no longer shines....

    October 25, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  23. Thomas

    Charlie = Winning ... Chuck = Losing ... Viewers = Vanishing

    Joining the others who are having a party when the show drops under 10 million viewers. Crank up the reruns and get me another beer!

    October 25, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  24. Summersmile

    Okay really? Charlie Sheen is very missed! His humor was so spontaniously funny. Last night was a new low, my boyfriend and I have been trying to hang in there and watch this new show weekly hopeing it would get better but this is gross and not at all funny! Seriously, we are refuseing the new show and will continue to watch only the reruns with Charlie Sheen. The only people that this new show will attract is young girls in there twentys and gays.
    This show has always been over the top on the no moral issues but now I want to gag at the Kutcher and Alan show. Please bring back Charlie Sheen he is the only hope for your rating to go up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Emma

      i am a girl in my twenties..and guess what i found this show awful and pathetic and think Charlie Harper made this show

      October 26, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  25. michaelfury

    "People aren't stupid," he said. "Not all of them."

    No, not all of them:

    October 25, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  26. @Heather

    Take three deep breaths and relax. Everything will be ok.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  27. Heather

    Everybody, including Sheen, needs to leave Ashton alone!! The show hasn't even been on a month!! Give it some time!! We all got used too Sheen and his crazy drama......So what if Ashton couldn't step right in and make it all perfect again right away!!! They will work it out!! I think he makes a fine addition!! Give it time, give it time!! Lord knows we gave Charlie Drama plenty of time!! We all were sick of the stuff with Sheen and wanted him outta there.....Remember that??

    October 25, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  28. @Sheen

    Mr. Sheen, there's a woman by the name of Heidi Fleiss on line two. She says you know her? Shall I put her through, something about a bounced check.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  29. spockmonster

    Fire Lorres, and bring back Sheen as his Ghost that now perpetually haunts his homes and stirs up trouble.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  30. Amitav

    Blame Chuck Lorre. He is more interested in his vanity cards than in delivering solid scripts. When you lose focus and let your ego control your artistic talents, then you have lost your ability to find the magic that you once had. Chuck, you let Charlie Sheen get under your skin.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  31. cathy

    It's sad when a show goes on too long. Charlie Sheen and the rest of the class had great chemistry. Now the show is just fair. One I don't watch anymore. Numbers dion't lie, the show is going down hill, faster and faster. Weekly lower ratings are letting other shows be watched. Bring back charlie, or start writting a new TV show. You know it would be easy to get sheen back, and alot cheaper than having to write a new show, new sets, and new actors.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Geo

      No the numbers don't lie. The ratings for every episode is up from last year.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  32. Harvey B Banger

    Considering that Alan / Jon Cryer has now the Alpha Male on the show, it is not funny and the chemistry amongst the actors is poor.

    Also, what is this with Walden not being able to buy and WEAR a pair of pants???

    Bring Charlie back with a Dallas shower scene.- It worked for the Newhart show, also.

    Don't let them just destroy a very funny comedy.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Triple H ~ Fan (Kevin Nash Is An A**hole)

    I agree. I don't think the show stands a chance.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. T WILSON

    Horrible. Lorre, you have alot of work to do if you don't want the show canceled. You have lost so many viewers. The series is boring, makes no sense, to much nudity, foul language. I like Charlie and Ashton. But the show was made for Charlie. Ashton will never fill the Charlie Sheen charactor. Bring back Charlie that is if Charlie would even want to go back there. Ashton is a good actor but not for this show. His part is stupid. Makes no sense. Sorry but you lose this fan. I will watch the reruns with Charlie Sheen. Sorry Lorre. You are not a "WINNER".

    October 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Ari

    They killed Charlie off hoping that'll show charlie sheen, but they just shot themselves in the foot. Now they are going in a direction that will bring John(allen) out. The show won't last another season. It Stink.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  36. RShruber


    October 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  37. toolhull

    They killed the wrong brother. Cancel l the show and get it over with. Kutcher is the same simpleton he was on that 70's show. Grow up.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  38. John

    I don't see the show being canceled, it will last another season as ratings might of dropped but it's still doing good enough to stay on.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Van Meter

      This season was already inked when Lorre fired Sheen, and Kutcher is signed for this one and only season. Don't count on another.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geo

      it's ratings are UP from last year and are still higher despite the first show drop off. It's number one on mondays so why would it be cancelled?

      October 25, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • watchman5

      See what watchman5 wrote below and you will understand why it is not going to work out at all.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  39. Charlie fan # 45,876,857

    Yes, since the departure of the Sheenius show basically lacks that special quality, how would I pu that mildly, a talent maybe? And no, not interested in pretty boys like Kutcher, I guess they wanted to atract his female audience. And no, I refuse to watch "the 3 half man" show.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Van Meter

      If they hired Kutcher for his looks, CBS ought to demand a refund. They went from having a real crack addict to someone who just looks like one.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Kerry

    The laugh tracks are the only indication that it's a comedy. But seriously! The writing is garbage.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. charles olimpio

    this show will go the sqaqme route as Netflix and Office Never mess with success do not let egoentrid producers,writers directors who are drug addled dictate what the things which made a show or company successful in the first place oiffice is crapo w/o Steve Carrell,netflix doubled price and lost half of subscribers idiots
    2 and 1/2 men lost Sheen and will be gone from TV within a year

    October 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. mpmp0

    Definitely not as funny now...

    They actually had a clue as to what to do–they hired Stamos to do a walk on on the first show.

    What they should have done was hire Stamos to become the Charlie Harper character.

    The Harper character was funny (not as funny when he was monogamous...) and that is what the show is missing.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mark Anthony

    The show has terrible chemistry with the billionaire. And the laugh tracks are thrown in on the corniest jokes ever,

    October 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Juliet

    Charlie Sheen is totally right, this show sucks right Two and a Half Men.
    On the other hand i am really looking forward to watch Anger Management !! Yeah baby !

    October 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. George in SJO

    The show is still #1, not counting Dancing with the Stars which to me isn't really a TV show. I say let's give the new version a chance.

    October 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • the truth

      Bouahaha let's watching the ratings drop and drop George, this show is boring now deal with it.

      October 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Van Meter

      Ashton Kutcher signed for only ONE (1) season, so even he is not going to give the show a "little time". The only one laughing is Kutcher, and he's laughing all the to the bank as he rides this donkey into the dust. He may be a one-trick-pony when it comes to acting, but he is businessman.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rod in Dallas TX

    Even down by 12%, isn't that still more than it was getting with Sheen in it? I love the new show and still watch it.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • GET real

      Not for long and actually with Sheen in his 'prime' it was far more higher.

      October 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geo

      Yes it is higher than with Sheen which many in the media seem to be making an effort to ignore.
      As for being down for ratings in it's prime so what>? Classic straw man argument because it wasn't getting the ratings WITH Sheen as it was in it's prime.
      Fact is ratings are up from last year and remaining up from last year which shows just how replaceable Sheen was.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Um are you on crack when you watch this show? Gay? Or maybe you were dropped as a child. This season of 2 and a 1/2 whiners is pathetic!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      Geo medias don't ignore it on the contrary and whatever you want to try to convince..doesn't change the fact that with Sheen these ratings were higher for YEARS

      October 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  47. Art Vandolay

    This show is awful with the Punk'd guy in there, playing some dumb billionaire wearing a bow tie. It is stupid and boring. Alan doing his best to hold it together, but CBS might as well kick this series to the curb, and move on. What has Kutcher ever done that is so great, except scoring Demi? I don't get, the big hype on his talent. -Art

    October 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. stu

    bring back the sheen........

    October 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Brandt Hardin

    How many grams of rock can Zombie Charlie Sheen bang down? Put on your party face and see at on the Countdown to Halloween with The Zombie Walk of Fame!

    October 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  50. LBWl

    I hate what has happened to that show. I have watched every one of the new ones and it is so weak. Go ahead and cancel it.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Brad

    True drugs are bad...but he's 46....looks his age I'd say.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Anomic Office Drone

    Every time I see his face, I'm amazed at the transformation brought on by the drugs. He looks like he's aged 10 years in the last two years.

    "Drugs are bad, mkay."

    October 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheenius

      Dude, seriously? Look at him, looks better than his videos when he left the show...he is back!

      October 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • watchman5

      It is astounding that he doesn't see his own physical decline in the mirror. And, if your companions are paid to be around you, nobody will be telling you any truths to your contorted sunkin face.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  53. Observer

    More liberal garbage. Why has this show not been cancelled yet?

    October 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMS

      Bring back the fun and the viewers. .......................enter stage left..............Charlies identical twin brother separated at birth. Even his mother didn't know.Charlie and his brother had been meeting for about 6 months before Charlie's untimely death. Even though they grew up in very different homes it is amazing how much a like they are etc etc etc

      November 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  54. @The Real John Cena

    guy's a sheenius, what can i say?

    October 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom zerbe

      I watched the show the first couple weeks, but won't watch again. The story line stinks and so does the acting
      of all the remaining actors, especially Ashton.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • milford gross

      I think I have a great idea! Bring Charlie back as a ghost! The show really stinks. I tried to give it some time. I wanted to be objective, and give ashton a chance. It's not working with him. Whoever's idea for his character should be fired. It's not working. Bring charlie back! Business is business!

      November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |

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