Kutcher’s debut nearly doubled last year’s premiere numbers, bringing in 27.8 million viewers, according to a report from USA Today.
While presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Comedy Series, Sheen said: “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television.”
It was a far cry from Sheen’s earlier characterizations of co-star Jon Cryer, when he labeled him a “turncoat and a troll.”
Comedy Central’s Roast of Sheen also aired Monday night, and the embattled actor toured the talk-show circuit promoting it, stopping by “The Wendy Williams Show” Monday and “The Today Show” last week.
Kutcher's debut was met with mostly positive reviews, but in a FOX411 poll, 39 percent of respondents said they missed Charlie Sheen, while 32 percent who thought Kutcher was a good replacement. Twenty-nine percent said it was too soon to tell.