Have Comedy Central viewers ever been more ready and willing to see a celebrity roasted than Charlie Sheen?
Apparently not: Monday night’s telecast became the network’s most-watched roast ever, drawing 6.4 million viewers — roughly double the audience of previous roasts for the likes of David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump. The 90-minute telecast ripped Sheen’s drug use, relationships with women and losing his Two and a Half Men job. Of course, as big of a number as that is for Comedy Central, it’s still a lot less than the 28 million that tuned into his former sitcom. The roast aired shortly after CBS set ratings records without Sheen on its revamped Men starring Ashton Kutcher.
As harsh as the comics and celebrities were to Sheen, the roast wasn’t as rough as the original taping. Jokes that were cut from the Comedy Central show include a punchline that referenced the tragic 2003 nightclub fire during a Great White concert, and a joke about Casey Anthony’s deceased toddler.