But there was still a Charlie Sheen connection to its two biggest nights.
Sheen was fired last year after a knock-down, drag-out fight with co-creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros.
But Sheen, or at least his character Charlie Harper, figured into both the season premiere and Monday’s show.
Harper returned on Monday as a ghost locked in the body of a character played by Kathy Bates. “I’m in hell… in this old broad’s body… eternal damnation,” he bemoaned.
The show won Monday night among 18- to 49-year-old viewers who are most coveted by advertisers. The only other show to do so well was the premiere when Harper was killed off, and Kutcher joined the show. NBC’s “The Voice” returned for a second season on Monday night and has routinely been winning the demographic.
Kutcher will reportedly make about $750,000 per episode, though it’s unclear whether Warner Bros. also is giving him a slice of the show’s back end; Cryer’s salary is just shy of that, and Jones will get $300,000 per, Deadline.com reported. Sheen in contrast, earned $2.2 million.