Ashton Kutcher's debut as Charlie Sheen's replacement in US comedy show Two and a Half Men, broke all records.
On Monday, around 28 million viewers tuned in to see Ashton make his first appearance since his troubled predecessor was dismissed as the main character in May.
The viewing figures topped those for any other episode of the previous eight series so far.
Producers had remained secretive as to how the lead character would be killed off, and Ashton's new character introduced.
On Monday, it was revealed that Charlie's character (Charlie Harper) was killed off in a underground accident in Paris.
Ashton plays an internet billionaire, who was unsuccessful in a suicide attempt and unlucky in love.
In the first episode, he picked up two women in bar.