Ratings: ‘Beauty and the Beats’ plummets; Miley Cyrus helps ‘Two and a Half Men’

After seeing the ratings for “Two and a Half Men” Thursday night, we have a feeling that the producers for the CBS show are probably going to be calling Miley Cyrus up soon and offering her the world to come back. Why? Let’s just say that Missi brought the show some of its best ratings in quite a while.

Overall, the CBS sitcom scored a 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic for the new episode, and also brought in over 13 million viewers to go along with it. This is the highest retention rate for any show following “Two and a Half Men” since the show first moved to Thursday nights, and it is also a 14% increase from the week before. Is Miley the only reason for this bump? It’s hard to say, but she’s really the only thing that was different.

Elsewhere, there was not too much good news unless you want another reminder that “The Big Bang Theory” and “Grey’s Anatomy” do huge business. “Last Resort” is likely to be adjusted down due to baseball, and the other new series in “Elementary” (2.3) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.7) were down from their last new episodes. As a matter of fact, the latter show fell so hard that The CW may already be thinking about how “Cult” fits in as a replacement in that timeslot in the spring. After all, it does have Matt Davis from “The Vampire Diaries” as its leading man!

For those “Community” fans out there eager to see what the show will ultimately replace, our guess is “30 Rock” (1.3) given that it is in its final season. However, “Up All Night” (1.4) is not exactly doing great business, either.

What did you watch Thursday?

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