Sheen said that he "loved" the new Kutcher-led 'Men' when it debuted, but now that ratings for the comedy have dropped off by 50 percent since then, he's let it be known that he's not happy with the direction that 'Men' is headed in.
According to TMZ, Sheen said he's "extremely disappointed" with the way the show's producers are "handling what I left behind." When asked by a photographer for an explanation of why the audience numbers have been plummeting, he said "People aren't stupid ... not all of them."
'Two and a Half Men' has, this season, been struggling with an all-too-familiar problem for the series: Its leading man has been hitting the tabloid headlines for all the wrong reasons. Speculation over Ashton Kutcher's private life and the huge pay day he's rumored to be getting on 'Men' has largely overshadowed the new season, which has seen a precipitous audience decline over the last few weeks.
However, it's not all bad news for the show, which has always been a ratings-grabber and a huge money-spinner for CBS. The vast 28 million audience for the Season 9 premiere was always going to be unsustainable. Since then 'Men' has been holding steady at around 15 million viewers each week, which is on a par with Sheen's final season.
Furthermore, 'Men' is still winning its time slot for the coveted age 18 to 49 demographic. Last Monday's episode reportedly garnered a healthy 14.85 million viewers and a score of 8.9/13, which helped CBS to an average 4.0 rating in the 18 to 49 demo, the top score of the night.
'Two and a Half Men' airs Mondays, 9PM ET on CBS.