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Charlie Sheen Update: Says 'Good Joke' to Les Moonves, Boosts Ratings for 'Piers Morgan Tonight'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 2nd 2011 9:05AM
Charlie Sheen on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'The war of words continues between Charlie Sheen and Les Moonves. And hey, now super-producer Harvey Weinstein has weighed in on which one's playing "a losing game." (Hint: It's not Les Moonves.)

Yesterday we reported how CBS boss Moonves had spoken out at a business conference, criticizing the actor's conduct. Moonves said he wished that Sheen had "worked [as] hard to promote himself for an Emmy," as he did bringing his dispute with 'Two and a Half Men' to the media.

So what exactly did Sheen make of it? In an interview with Access Hollywood, Sheen told Billy Bush, "That's funny. That's good, a good joke." And as for Moonves's assertion that CBS is still making money off of his sitcom, Sheen says that he wants a piece of the action.

The 'Two and a Half Men' star said he'll be sending his lawyer to CBS studios today with an offer for Moonves: "Well, I got Jake Bloom [Sheen's lawyer] coming over ... and I'm giving him my terms and he's gonna bring 'em to Les."

While Sheen continues to wages his media war against his erstwhile employers, he's brought a smile to the face of Piers Morgan. The embattled talk show host, who's been facing criticism from his predecessor Larry King and steadily falling ratings, has finally had some good news courtesy of Mr. Sheen.

It's been reported that Sheen's sit-down with Morgan helped his show reach its highest ratings since the series debuted. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Monday edition of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' attracted 1.35 million total viewers at 9PM ET, and scored its best showing so far in the coveted age 25-54 demographic.

By contrast, MSNBC's 'Rachel Maddow Show' was watched by 1.2 million. However, Morgan still trails a distant second to Sean Hannity over on the Fox News Channel, who pulled in 2.62 million viewers Monday night.

And Sheen's also worked his magic on the daytime numbers: His highly publicized 'Today Show' interview may have helped the NBC morning show inch past 'Good Morning America' on Monday. 'Today' gathered 23,000 more viewers than its ABC rival.

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