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‘Futurama’ premiere ratings provide nice present for Comedy Central

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The first original made-for-TV episode of "Futurama" in seven years drew 2.9 million viewers overall, boosting Comedy Central to its highest-rated night of the year and best Thursday ever in young male demos.

Among men ages 18-24 and 18-34, the 10 p.m. Thursday episode won its timeslot, including broadcast. It was second only to "South Park" for the most-watched season premiere of an animated series on cable.

The second new episode, airing at 10:30 p.m., drew 2.8 million viewers.

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