NEW YORK, January 25, 2019 – Comedy Central continues to chase its wildest ratings dreams, delivering a huge Thursday night with the series premiere of The Other Two attracting 2.25 million total viewers, including streaming and replays. The scripted comedy from former Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, which received rave reviews from critics and a Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, drew a gross average audience of 849,000 total viewers across three telecasts on Thursday, along with 1.4 million views of the pilot on YouTube. The 10:30 p.m. premiere on Comedy Central posted a .23 P18-49 LSD rating and improved on year ago time period levels with key female demos: W18-49 (.21, +28%), W18-34 (.20, +29%) and W25-54 (.23, +28%).
The final season premiere of Broad City attracted a gross average audience of 734,000 total viewers across two plays on Thursday, while #BroadCity was in the top 10 Twitter Trends for an hour after it premiered. Broad City posted a .34 P18-49 rating, up +31% from the same 10 p.m. time period in 2018. Compared to last season’s finale, this season’s premiere was up +13% with P18-49 and +61% with W18-49 (.30 rating). Forty-five percent of the P18-49 audience was female, which is a higher composition than any prior season average.
The two premieres continue Comedy Central’s January hot streak, following success for original programming including Drunk History, Corporate, Ron Funches: Giggle Fit and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah ranks as the #1 late night program on all of TV for 2019 among P18-34 (.43 L+3 rating) and M18-34 (.48 L+3 rating). The show is averaging a .59 L+3 P18-49 rating through two weeks of original episodes in 2019, up +15% compared to last quarter. For the week of January 14, 2019, The Daily Show posted its highest rating in the demo since the week of May 28, 2018.
The January 15 season six premiere of Drunk History delivered a .73 P18-49 L+3 rating, up +46% from last season’s premiere and the series’ highest rated premiere since season three (Sept. 1, 2015). The premiere drew 893,000 total L+3 viewers, making it the most-watched season premiere since September 2015 and the most-watched episode of the series since November 2016.
Ron Funches: Giggle Fit was Comedy Central’s highest-rated original stand-up special since 2017, delivering 355,000 viewers and a .22 P18-49 L+3 rating, up 44% versus the calendar 2018 ratings average for Comedy Central stand-up originals. Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You, the finale special of Comedy Central Stand-Up Month 2019, premieres tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The January 15 season two premiere of Corporate debuted as a top five scripted cable comedy series of the new season. It delivered a .21 P18-49 LSD rating, matching its S1 average. Among P18-49, Corporate ranks as the #4 scripted cable original comedy for the 2018-19 season, behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Guest Book and Grown-ish. It ranks ahead of I’m Sorry, Angie Tribeca and You’re the Worst.
The January ratings wins come on the heels of a Calendar 2018 in which the network notched +13% year-over-year ratings growth among W18-49, the best improvement in that demo among all ad-supported entertainment networks. Comedy Central is also in the midst of an ongoing seven-quarter stretch in which it has grown P18-49 share year over year.
In just the first three weeks of the current quarter, Comedy Central is pacing +37% ahead of year-ago streaming levels, with 211 million streams.
Looking ahead, Comedy Central has a stacked year to offer fans with a programming slate that will feature a broad variety of new and returning series including: the premieres of scripted half-hour series Awkwafina, Robbie and South Side; sketch-comedy series Alternatino with Arturo Castro; stand-up series The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle; a docu-series Klepper from Jordan Klepper; an interview series from Anthony Jeselnik; and new seasons of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Tosh.0, The Jim Jefferies Show and much, much more.
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