100TH EPISODE OF "SOUTH PARK" HIGHEST RATED IN OVER A YEAR
100th Episode Garners A 2.7 HH Rating* (2.2 A18-49) Reaching 3 Million Viewers
NEW YORK, April 11, 2003 -- COMEDY CENTRAL's 100th episode of "South Park," which aired this past Wednesday, April 9 at 10:00 p.m., delivered its highest rating since March 2002 with a 2.7 HH/2.2 A18-49, reaching 3 million viewers. The 100th episode, "I'm a Bit Little Country," the fourth episode of the current season, is also this season's highest rated episode. Ratings for the hit animated series' seventh season have been building steadily since it debuted on March 19.
Legendary television producer Norman Lear ("All in the Family") collaborated with Matt Stone and Trey Parker on several episodes this season, including this one. The idea for the episode was born of Lear's passion to inspire young people to participate in civic activism and to exercise their rights. As one of the sole owners of an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, Lear currently sponsors a national tour for people to view the historic document.
Launched in 1997, "South Park" remains the highest-rated series on COMEDY CENTRAL. "South Park" repeats Fridays at 12:00 a.m., Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:00 p.m.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are co-creators and executive producers of the Emmy-nominated "South Park," with Anne Garefino also serving as executive producer.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 82 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by Comedy Partners, a 50-50 joint venture of AOL Time Warner and Viacom. COMEDY CENTRAL is a registered trademark of Comedy Partners. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com.
*Neilsen Media Research 2003