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'Warlock' Charlie Sheen's absence has put a hex on CBS ratings

Sheenkimmel Charlie Sheen likes to refer to himself as a warlock. So maybe it's not surprising that his absence might be casting a bad spell on CBS' ratings.

Since Sheen was fired from"Two and a Half Men" earlier this season, the network has been forced to rely on repeats of what it likes to call "TV's No. 1 comedy." At first, the prospect of repeats didn't sound so bad, because "Men" encores better than most shows.This season, original episodes averaged 16.2 million total viewers, with repeats logging a still-respectable 9.7 million, according to the Nielsen Co.

But the weeks of retreads are beginning to take a toll. Monday night, "Men" sank to 6.5 millon viewers, and dragged along with it the rest of the CBS lineup. "How I Met Your Mother," "Mad Love" and "Mike & Molly" all sank to or matched record lows in the critical category of adults ages 18 to 49. With CBS about to announce its fall schedule next week, the network more than ever needs a strong plan for Monday nights next season. 

If Sheen was really correct that his former bosses have "picked a fight with a warlock," the ratings might be proof that the troubled actor is still -- duh! -- winning.


The clock is ticking for Charlie Sheen and "Two and a Half Men"

-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Charlie Sheen on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in March. Credit: Richard Cartwright / Associated Press.



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i used to enjoy watching 2.5 men. i tolerated allen because of charlie. i found it abhorrent that chuck lorre had allen insult his own child's lack of intelligence repeatedly never doing anything about it. chuck lorre began to write krappy scripts as an insult to actor charlie sheen. now i turn off the repeats and i think about how the producer is dictating that" yeh well thats too bad audience i personally don't like charlie sheen so you don't get to watch him anymore". goodbye chuck lorre, all your other shows are boring: i like big bang but i like it for the actors not for the scripts.

Just bring him back already. If he is replaced I will never watch the show again

hahaha "That's what she said"..seriously i told you so...
Anyway the story is over..sadly for CBS.. Charlie Sheen has to come back to movies (a la RDJ) and Lorre/Warner/CBS..well good luck to them..their egos were more important, their problem..i wish them good luck maybe they will find a new vehicle after all..we never know..


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