Everyone knew that “Two and a Half Men” would at least put in a decent performance for its 12th season (and series) finale on Thursday night. How could it not? You were saying goodbye to an institution, and CBS hyped the show up to make you think that Charlie Sheen could in theory make an appearance. He didn’t, but there was no real way of knowing that for sure ahead of time. (Sure, Sheen himself put up a cryptic tweet about it in advance, but he could have easily been directing people down the wrong path.)
With the final numbers for Thursday included, what the series finale ended up drawing was a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. BY most estimations, this is a number that the show really should feel happy with. Then again, it really doesn’t matter, given that it was not going to be airing another episode to begin with. The biggest thing to take away from this was seeing what the potential draw for another series in the future could be for either Jon Cryer or Ashton Kutcher. We assume that one of them will do another series at some point in their lives, even if there may not be a hurry for either one of them given that they’ve netted tens of millions of dollars over the years.
For those curious about some other numbers, “Scandal” drew a 3.3 rating against the series finale, while “The Big Bang Theory” did win the night with a 4.5, but this was only enough to put it into second place for the week among regularly-scheduled programs. “Empire” is currently killing with that super-impressive rating of 5.2 in the demo.
Next week, CBS will attempt to cultivate a new comedy lineup with “The Odd Couple” and “Mom” both around. For those wondering, the Matthew Perry sitcom premiered to a 3.1.
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