Ratings: Angus T. Jones rant has little impact on ‘Two and a Half Men’

Two and a Half MenFor those of you who were worried that people would actually heed Angus T. Jones’ warnings to stop watching “Two and a Half Men,” there is really no reason to worry at all. Buoyed in part by the show’s stellar “Big Bang Theory” lead-in, the sitcom Thursday night continued to impress in its tenth season by scoring a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic Thursday nigh.

With these numbers in mind, we have a pretty interesting question to raise when it comes to this show: what happens now? Let’s start by putting things in perspective a little bit. “Two and a Half Men” is an expensive show to make thanks to the salaries of its series regulars (including Jones), and you have to think that they all want to do other things at this point. However, the show has proven thus far to be the only thing that does not lose much of the demo from its lead-in. Could a season 11 actually happen now? Really, the only way we feasibly see this happening is if they create what is effectively some sort of new spin-off show for Alan, but even then, it would be hard to do so without Jones around in some capacity.

“The Big Bang theory” of course won the night with a 5.4 rating that ties it with “The Walking Dead” as the top TV program of the week. and nothing else even really was close. The only shows that really posted notable numbers elsewhere were on ABC and NBC. For whatever reason, “Scandal” has the most loyal audience on television by a mile. It’s not heavily-promoted, but somehow it constantly lingers around a 2.0 rating week in and week out; and this time around, it even rose to a 2.2. With “Last Resort,” “666 Park Avenue,” and to a lesser extent “Nashville” all turning out to be ratings disappointments, Shonda Rhimes’ latest “Grey’s Anatomy” companion is likely to stick around for a while.

On a less positive note, what is going on with “Parks and Recreation”? The show has seemingly lost its way ever since Leslie and Ben got engaged, and in that way its series-low 1.4 rating is hardly a surprise. Meanwhile, we’re a bit more disappointed about the 1.9 for “The Office” given it was their strongest episode of the season.

If you want to see our new “Two and a Half Men” episode review, you can do so over here.

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