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‘South Park’ Returns to Three-Year Ratings High

Comedy Central vet, a recent Emmy winner, was TV's top-rated Wednesday series in young men

Fresh off its latest triumph at the Emmy Awards, animated veteran “South Park” returned to Comedy Central on Wednesday night to its biggest audience in three years.

A yearlong break seemed to whet the appetite of fans, as “South Park’s” 17th-season premiere averaged 2.89 million viewers — up 10% from last year’s premiere, according to Nielsen. Its three airings on the night combined for about 4.45 million viewers.

Of course, the show is especially strong among young guys. In the men 18-34 demo, the “Let Go, Let Gov” episode Wednesday did a 4.1 rating/16 share — easily TV’s top-rated program of the night, towering over runner-up “Modern Family” on ABC (2.8/10).

It was up about 25% over the 3.2 rating the show generated for its 16th-season opener in March of last year.

Among all cable series on Wednesday, “South Park” ranked No. 1 in adults 18-49 (1.8/5), adults 18-34 (2.6/8) and all male demos spanning the ages of 12 to 54.

Earlier this month, the show, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, received its fifth Emmy for outstanding animated program.

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