As a new season begins, CBS claims the first win

September 27, 2011 - 12:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is claiming victory in Round 1 of the new TV season.

The Nielsen Co. says CBS averaged 12 million viewers last week, some 2 million more than runner-up ABC.

The season premiere of "Two and a Half Men" didn't hurt CBS' cause. Nearly 29 million viewers tuned in to see Ashton Kutcher arrive as Charlie Sheen's replacement on the veteran sitcom. It was the most-watched show of the week.

But CBS logged another 10 shows in the Top 20. These include the premiere of "2 Broke Girls," and also the most-watched new dramas — "Unforgettable" and "Person of Interest."

Fox's much-anticipated singing competition, "The X Factor," ranked 19th and 20th.

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts, as usual, followed by ABC and CBS.