Viacom cablers young at heart

'Chappelle's,' wrestiling, reality drawing loyal auds

While CBS’s Leslie Moonves predicts dominance in next month’s upfronts, Viacom’s cable kids Comedy Central, MTV and Spike are bringing home the straight A’s here and now.

Between the three younger-skewing cable nets, conglom captured the top nine programs in cable among the prized 18-34 viewers. (Only FX’s Jamie Foxx-led original movie “Redemption” snuck in at No. 10). Cablers also claimed eight of the top 18-49 shows.

With little hype, “Chappelle’s Show” drew its largest aud yet — 4.43 million — becoming the most-watched program on Comedy Central since a 1998 seg of “South Park.”

The sketch show topped 18-49 and 18-34 rankings, while a new episode of “South Park” placed third among both demos.

Wrestling, meanwhile, continues its can’t-miss run on Spike. “WWE Entertainment” consistently yields more than 4 million eyeballs for the cabler per airing.

Ever-evolving MTV has continued its Nielsens parade, even in the absence of fresh “Punk’d” and “Newlyweds” episodes. The music net boasts a couple of showy newcomers that have posted big numbers sans big names.

Real-life plastic surgery skein “I Want a Famous Face” and car makeover show “Pimp My Ride” have done wonders in their respective Monday and Thursday slots. In addition, P. Diddy’s fledgling rap group/ stars of “Making the Band 2” have proved more than dependable in their third season.

In addition, old stalwarts “The Osbournes,” “The Real World,” “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” continued to steamroll the cable competish in the net’s target demos.

Hmm … with new segs of “Punk’d” back on the sked April 25, Viacom may just be able to pull off 10 for 10.

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