Saturday, January 23, 2021

South Park (Comedy Central): Ratings Recap

Comedy Central's 'South Park' premiered August 13, 1997 to a 1.34 household (HH) rating and 889,000 viewers and averaged 1.1 million viewers in its first 6 episodes. It saw tremendous growth in its first season, up to 2.6 million for its Halloween episode, 3.7 million for the following episode, and hit a peak of 6.4 million in its first season finale. The show's best overall season was its second where it premiered to a solid 5.54 million viewers and averaged around 4.8 million. There is not a lot of viewership data available for seasons three through nine, but the viewership for episodes it was available for is provided in the tables below. Some additional data: the first four episodes of the 4th season averaged between 2.5 - 3 million viewers, the first 8 episodes of the 5th season averaged 2.7 million viewers, the first 6 episodes of the 6th season averaged 2.8 million viewers, the first four episodes of the 7th season averaged 2.5 million (the season as a whole was reported to have averaged ~3 million), and the 9th season averaged 2.5 million. After seven straight seasons of viewership in the 2.5 - 3 million range, it began picking up again in the show's 10th season which stayed above 3 million and averaged ~3.4 million. The show completed its 23rd season in 2019. Note: 18-49 data was first available beginning in 2001, so all ratings up until that point are HH. Since there was not a lot of available viewership data for individual episodes from 1999-2005, tables are included with HH data (thru 2000) or 18-49 data (2001-05) for episodes that I didn't have total viewership for.

South Park Season 1 Ratings (1997-98)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating 
Aug. 13, 19970.8891.34
Aug. 20, 19971.1-
Aug. 27, 1997--
Sept. 3, 1997--
Sept. 10, 1997--
Sept. 17, 1997-1.7
Oct. 29, 19972.61.8
Nov. 19, 19973.72.3
Dec. 17, 19974.0-
Feb. 4, 19985.63.1
Feb. 11, 1998-2.9
Feb. 18, 19985.43.3
Feb. 25, 19986.43.3

South Park Season 2 Ratings (1998-99)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Apr. 1, 19985.543.4
Apr. 22, 19986.204.1
May 20, 19984.893.0
May 27, 19984.552.8
Jun. 3, 19983.942.6
Jun. 10, 19984.162.7
Jun. 17, 19984.793.1
Jun. 24, 19983.862.6
Aug. 19, 19985.273.3
Aug. 26, 19984.983.1
Sept. 2, 1998-2.6
Sept. 23, 1998-2.6
Sept. 30, 1998-2.6
Oct. 7, 1998-2.1
Oct. 28, 19984.913.1
Dec. 9, 1998--
Dec. 16, 1998-2.1
Jan. 20, 1999-2.4
Average4.832.8

South Park Seasons 3-4 Available Viewership (1999-2000)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Apr. 7, 19993.412.3
Oct. 27, 19994.002.5
Nov. 3, 19993.512.4
Jun. 28, 20002.841.7
Dec. 6, 20003.612.3
South Park Seasons 3-4 Household Ratings (1999-2000)
Episode DateHouseholds (millions)HH rating
Apr. 14, 19992.2882.3
Apr. 21, 19991.8901.9
Jun. 16, 19992.0722.1
Jun. 23, 19991.8731.9
Jul. 7, 19991.8301.8
Jul. 14, 19992.0272.0
Jul. 21, 19992.0272.0
Jul. 28, 19991.9341.9
Nov. 10, 19992.0522.1
Nov. 24, 19991.9442.0
Apr. 19, 20001.8261.8
Apr. 26, 20001.8091.8
Jun. 21, 20001.8202.2
Jul. 12, 20001.8081.8
Jul. 26, 20002.0082.0
Dec. 20, 20002.3022.3

South Park Seasons 5-9 Available Viewership (2001-2005)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jun. 20, 20013.0261.7
Apr. 9, 20033.02.2
Oct. 22, 20033.11.5
Mar. 24, 20043.61.8
Mar. 31, 20044.431.6
Apr. 7, 20043.9582.0
Oct. 27, 20042.91.3
Mar. 9, 20053.01.9
South Park Seasons 5-9 18-49 Viewers (2001-2005)
Episode Date18-49 (millions)18-49 rating
Jul. 11, 20011.7311.3
Aug. 1, 20011.5761.2
Nov. 7, 20011.6721.3
Nov. 28, 20012.3541.8
Dec. 12, 20011.9001.5
Mar. 6, 20022.6562.1
Mar. 13, 20022.1181.6
Mar. 20, 20022.3801.8
Apr. 3, 20021.9641.5
Apr. 10, 20021.9051.5
Jul. 17, 20021.8941.5
Apr. 16, 20031.6861.3
Nov. 12, 20031.7971.4
Apr. 14, 20042.5071.9
Apr. 21, 20042.5822.0
Apr. 28, 20041.8621.4
Nov. 10, 20041.9981.5
Dec. 1, 20042.1981.7
Dec. 8, 20041.8631.4
Apr. 6, 20051.5871.2
Apr. 13, 20051.6201.2
Apr. 20, 20051.8901.4
Oct. 19, 20051.6431.3
Nov. 2, 20051.9881.5

South Park Season 10 Ratings (2006)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 22, 20063.491.8
Mar. 29, 20063.41.7
Apr. 5, 20063.0-
Apr. 12, 20063.491.7
Apr. 19, 2006--
Apr. 26, 2006-1.4
May 3, 2006-1.4
Oct. 4, 20063.41.7
Oct. 11, 2006--
Oct. 18, 2006-1.3
Oct. 25, 2006-1.6
Nov. 1, 20063.21.8
Nov. 8, 20063.5251.7
Nov. 15, 20062.91.5
Average3.301.6

South Park Season 11 Ratings (2007)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 7, 20072.81.3
Mar. 14, 2007-1.4
Mar. 21, 20073.0561.6
Mar. 28, 20073.171.6
Apr. 4, 20073.01.4
Apr. 11, 20072.821.4
Apr. 18, 20073.1121.7
Oct. 3, 20073.321.7
Oct. 10, 20072.981.6
Oct. 17, 20073.4261.9
Oct. 24, 20073.5992.0
Oct. 31, 20073.8712.1
Nov. 7, 20073.9672.1
Nov. 14, 20073.7672.0
Average3.301.7

South Park Season 12 Ratings (2008)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 12, 20083.0741.8
Mar. 19, 20082.9681.6
Mar. 26, 20083.6032.0
Apr. 2, 20082.8041.6
Apr. 9, 20083.5022.0
Apr. 16, 20083.1251.7
Apr. 23, 20083.0761.7
Oct. 8, 20083.7292.1
Oct. 15, 2008--
Oct. 22, 20082.81.5
Oct. 29, 2008-1.6
Nov. 5, 2008--
Nov. 12, 2008--
Nov. 19, 20083.2861.7
Average3.201.8

South Park Season 13 Ratings (2009)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 11, 20093.4121.8
Mar. 18, 20093.2661.8
Mar. 25, 20092.7731.5
Apr. 1, 20093.0051.6
Apr. 8, 20093.1061.6
Apr. 15, 20092.7841.5
Apr. 22, 20092.587-
Oct. 7, 20092.6721.3
Oct. 14, 20092.5631.3
Oct. 21, 20092.5811.4
Oct. 28, 20092.5711.3
Nov. 4, 20092.8161.5
Nov. 11, 20092.7701.5
Nov. 18, 20092.8731.5
Average2.8411.5

South Park Season 14 Ratings (2010)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 17, 20103.7362.0
Mar. 24, 20103.2421.8
Mar. 31, 20102.9871.7
Apr. 7, 20103.0711.7
Apr. 14, 20103.3261.9
Apr. 21, 20103.5001.9
Apr. 28, 20103.5542.0
Oct. 6, 20103.1391.8
Oct. 13, 20103.2531.9
Oct. 20, 20102.8911.6
Oct. 27, 20102.7551.6
Nov. 3, 20102.8451.8
Nov. 10, 20102.7861.6
Nov. 17, 20102.4871.4
Average3.1121.8

South Park Season 15 Ratings (2011)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Apr. 27, 20113.1081.8
May 4, 20112.5911.4
May 11, 20112.4351.3
May 18, 20112.4151.4
May 25, 20112.5321.4
Jun. 1, 20112.5581.4
Jun. 8, 20112.2951.3
Oct. 5, 20112.9411.5
Oct. 12, 20112.9001.7
Oct. 19, 20112.4301.4
Oct. 26, 20112.9241.6
Nov. 2, 20112.8511.6
Nov. 9, 20112.8481.6
Nov. 16, 20112.4111.3
Average2.6601.5

South Park Season 16 Ratings (2012)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Mar. 14, 20122.6281.5
Mar. 21, 20122.3121.3
Mar. 28, 20122.7001.5
Apr. 4, 20122.6891.5
Apr. 11, 20122.2371.3
Apr. 18, 20122.4251.3
Apr. 25, 20122.3291.3
Sept. 26, 20121.8451.0
Oct. 3, 20121.6901.0
Oct. 10, 20122.3311.3
Oct. 17, 20121.9821.1
Oct. 24, 20121.8961.1
Oct. 31, 20121.9591.1
Nov. 7, 20122.1921.2
Average2.2301.3

South Park Season 17 Ratings (2013)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 25, 20132.8871.75
Oct. 2, 20132.4881.55
Oct. 9, 20132.0561.21
Oct. 23, 20131.8281.04
Oct. 30, 20131.8901.05
Nov. 6, 20132.3931.46
Nov. 13, 20132.0691.32
Nov. 20, 20132.3961.47
Dec. 4, 20132.4811.52
Dec. 11, 20132.1701.31
Average2.2661.37

South Park Season 18 Ratings (2014)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 24, 20142.4021.44
Oct. 1, 20142.2371.30
Oct. 8, 20142.0211.15
Oct. 15, 20141.7331.02
Oct. 29, 20141.7290.91
Nov. 5, 20141.7000.99
Nov. 12, 20141.6580.89
Nov. 19, 20141.6950.94
Dec. 3, 20142.1071.19
Dec. 10, 20141.6650.95
Average1.8951.08

South Park Season 19 Ratings (2015)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 16, 20151.7651.04
Sept. 23, 20151.4920.87
Sept. 30, 20151.3280.78
Oct. 14, 20151.3780.86
Oct. 21, 20151.2120.76
Oct. 28, 20151.3490.82
Nov. 11, 20151.4210.89
Nov. 18, 20151.2980.82
Dec. 2, 20151.4330.89
Dec. 9, 20151.8251.12
Average1.4500.89

South Park Season 20 Ratings (2016)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 14, 20162.1671.32
Sept. 21, 20161.5760.97
Sept. 28, 20161.7861.09
Oct. 12, 20161.8171.11
Oct. 19, 20161.3210.76
Oct. 26, 20161.4100.84
Nov. 9, 20162.0291.18
Nov. 16, 20161.7881.08
Nov. 30, 20161.4480.82
Dec. 7, 20161.8171.08
Average1.7161.03

South Park Season 21 Ratings (2017)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 13, 20171.6840.96
Sept. 20, 20171.2450.69
Sept. 27, 20171.2470.76
Oct. 11, 20171.1210.66
Oct. 18, 20170.9340.54
Oct. 25, 20171.2210.69
Nov. 8, 20171.1250.68
Nov. 15, 20171.0850.61
Nov. 29, 20170.8980.51
Dec. 6, 20170.9660.54
Average1.1530.66

South Park Season 22 Ratings (2018)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 26, 20181.0930.66
Oct. 3, 20180.9250.53
Oct. 10, 20180.9660.59
Oct. 17, 20180.7050.40
Oct. 31, 20180.8420.47
Nov. 7, 20180.8260.46
Nov. 14, 20180.8240.50
Nov. 28, 20180.8320.50
Dec. 5, 20180.7690.43
Dec. 12, 20180.8280.46
Average0.8610.50

South Park Season 23 Ratings (2019)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 25, 20190.9230.55
Oct. 2, 20190.7310.43
Oct. 9, 20190.9470.55
Oct. 16, 20190.7770.42
Oct. 30, 20190.8380.46
Nov. 6, 20190.8420.47
Nov. 13, 20190.8480.50
Nov. 27, 20190.6570.33
Dec. 4, 20190.7980.42
Dec. 11, 20190.8050.42
Average0.8170.46

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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