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Charlie Sheen interview gives ABC the highest ratings in more than two years for a newsmagazine

March 2, 2011 | 11:50 am

Sheenabc3 Do viewers want to see even more Charlie Sheen? That's like asking if the star of "Two and a Half Men" runs on tiger blood. 

Tuesday's "Charlie Sheen: In His Own Words," ABC News' special edition of "20/20," delivered an average of 9.3 million total viewers for a solid No. 2, behind CBS' "The Good Wife" (11.3 million), according to the Nielsen Co.

In the key adults 18 to 49 demographic, reporter Andrea Canning's sit-down with Sheen easily won the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.2 rating/9 share. That made it the highest-rated newsmagazine (without an artificial boost from a sports lead-in) on any network in more than two years.

Of course, the interview would have done even better had Sheen not spoiled ABC's scoop by deciding to go on a media blitz Monday to explain himself after CBS and Warner Bros. decided to pull the plug on this season of his comedy. The move came after Sheen publicly attacked his bosses last week.


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-- Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Charlie Sheen talks with ABC's Andrea Canning. Credit: ABC News/Associated Press.