“We’re thrilled with’s return and it’s clear the audience was as well,“ said Chris McCarthy, President, Entertainment & Youth Brands, ViacomCBS. “The success is a testament to Matt and Trey’s creative genius and how we used our full portfolio to let everyone know it’s back – propelling it to the #1 scripted telecast of 2020 and delivering its highest ratings in seven years.”
#1 scripted cable telecast of 2020
Highest rated South Park telecast in 7 years (2.06)
4.05 million total viewers across the night
Up +168% vs. last season average (2.06 vs. 0.77)
Triple digit increases across all key demos
Delivered 2.3 million total viewers on alone
up +178% from last season
Views more than doubled the S23 premiere with 4.8M views
Support from sister brands MTV, VH1, CMT, Paramount Network, TV Land, Pop TV drove 2.2M views.
#2 trending topic on Twitter and top 10 trending topic for three hours
Sources: Linear- Nielsen, P18-49/LSD coverage ratings unless noted, #1 scripted based on cvg rtgs, total viewers = prime P2+ 000s, 9/30/30 South Park premiere; Social- Nielsen Social, Sprinklr, YouTube Analytics, TalkWalker, ListenFirst, Tubular.
In the hour-long South Park special, Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the ongoing pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.