Comedy Central’s SOUTH PARK Returns Up +168% vs Last Season

“We’re thrilled with South Park’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.”

Key Highlights


#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 Comedy Central 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.

Comedy Central’s South Park launched on August 13, 1997. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the co-creators of South Park. Parker, Stone, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II are the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning South Park. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, Jack Shia, Vernon Chatman, Daryl Sancton, Giancarlo Ganziano, John Hansen, David List, Mark Munley, Nate Pellettieri, Greg Postma, Lydia Quidilla, Wonnie Ro, Jenny Shin, Keo Thongkham are Producers. Chris Brion is the Creative Director of South Park Digital Studios. South Park‘s Website is