Twenty-one seasons in, “South Park” can still draw a decent-sized audience.

The Comedy Central show’s season premiere made strong gains in the Live +7 ratings for the week of Sept. 11. It added 0.8 points to its 18-49 rating (going from 1.0 to 1.8). That ties “The Sinner” for the second-biggest bump of the week behind “American Horror Story: Cult” (+1.7).

“South Park” also added 1.43 million total viewers with a week of DVR playback. That was the fourth-largest gain, behind “Cult,” “The Sinner” and “The Last Ship.”

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Sept. 11-17, 2017. Rankings include original series, movies and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX 1.2 2.9 1.7 142%
2 SOUTH PARK – P CMDY 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
THE SINNER USA 0.5 1.3 0.8 160%
4 TEEN MOM II MTV 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 0.6 1.3 0.7 117%
6 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
7 LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY & THE AFTERMATH AEN 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
BALLERS HBOM 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
THE CHALLENGE: DIRTY 30 MTV 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
11 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 1.0 1.4 0.4 40%
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – P USA 0.7 1.1 0.4 57%
PROJECT RUNWAY LIF 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
INK MASTER SPK 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
THE STRAIN – F FX 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
PREACHER – F AMC 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
BELOW DECK BRVO 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE LAST SHIP TNT 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
19 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 0.6 0.9 0.3 50%
BROAD CITY – P CMDY 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
FORGED IN FIRE HIST 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
SUITS USA 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
SHAHS OF SUNSET BRVO 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%

Note: 9 other shows also grew by 100 percent but had lower ratings than those above.

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS CMT 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
WAGS MIAMI ENT 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
AYTO: I’VE GOT 99 PROBLEMS – S MTV 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
SURVIVOR’S REMORSE STZP 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
5 THE SIMMER USA 0.5 1.3 0.8 160%
6 DANCE MOMS LIF 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
7 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX 1.2 2.9 1.7 142%
8 PREACHER – F AMC 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
BELOW DECK BRVO 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE LAST SHIP TNT 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
11 BALLERS HBOM 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
THE CHALLENGE: DIRTY 30 MTV 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
14 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 0.6 1.3 0.7 117%
15 LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY & THE AFTERMATH AEN 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
THE STRAIN – F FX 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
THE MURDER OF LACI PETERSON AEN 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
FLIPPING OUT BRVO 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRVO 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
MANHUNT: UNABOMBER DISC 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
VICE PRINCIPALS – P HBOM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
SIESTA KEY MTV 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
GREENLEAF OWN 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
YOUNGER TVL 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
VANDERPUMP: JAX & BRITTANY BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
TOTAL BELLAS ENT 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
BETTER THINGS – P FX 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
TEEN WOLF MTV 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
RATTLED TLC 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%

Note: 19 other shows also grew by 100 percent but had lower ratings than those above.

Viewers – total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX 2384 5430 3046 128%
2 THE SINNER USA 1838 4391 2553 139%
3 THE LAST SHIP TNT 1580 3137 1557 99%
4 SOUTH PARK – P CMDY 1686 3119 1433 85%
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 1632 3049 1417 87%
6 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 1987 3335 1348 68%
7 PROJECT RUNWAY LIF 1790 3111 1321 74%
8 SUITS USA 1677 2979 1302 78%
9 TEEN MOM II MTV 1348 2584 1236 92%
10 LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY & THE AFTERMATH AEN 1388 2565 1177 85%
11 RAY DONOVAN SHO1 1047 2103 1056 101%
12 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – P USA 1874 2892 1018 54%
13 THE STRAIN – F FX 995 1978 983 99%
14 BALLERS HBOM 929 1896 967 104%
15 PREACHER – F AMC 972 1936 964 99%
16 MANHUNT: UNABOMBER DISC 930 1891 961 103%
17 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 1924 2859 935 49%
18 CHESAPEAKE SHORES HALL 1725 2611 886 51%
19 OUTLANDER STZP 1401 2283 882 63%
20 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 2584 3442 858 33%
21 BELOW DECK BRVO 968 1815 847 88%
22 INK MASTER SPK 961 1793 832 87%
23 THE CHALLENGE: DIRTY 30 MTV 651 1476 825 127%
24 GREENLEAF OWN 1445 2267 822 57%
25 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 827 1647 820 99%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THE SINNER USA 1838 4391 2553 139%
2 DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS CMT 258 609 351 136%
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX 2384 5430 3046 128%
4 THE CHALLENGE: DIRTY 30 MTV 651 1476 825 127%
5 BALLERS HBOM 929 1896 967 104%
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL – TUES. – F SUND 200 408 208 104%
7 MANHUNT: UNABOMBER DISC 930 1891 961 103%
8 YOU’RE THE WORST FXX 224 452 228 102%
9 RAY DONOVAN SHO1 1047 2103 1056 101%
10 BETTER THINGS – P FX 528 1053 525 99%
11 PREACHER – F AMC 972 1936 964 99%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 827 1647 820 99%
THE STRAIN – F FX 995 1978 983 99%
THE LAST SHIP TNT 1580 3137 1557 99%
15 GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE BRVO 423 837 414 98%
16 WAGS MIAMI ENT 294 574 280 95%
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL – MON. SUND 239 466 227 95%
18 ULTIMATE FIGHTER FS1 220 422 202 92%
TEEN MOM II MTV 1348 2584 1236 92%
20 HALT AND CATCH FIRE AMC 313 599 286 91%
21 AYTO: IVE GOT 99 PROBLEMS – S MTV 268 509 241 90%
EPISODES SHO1 264 501 237 90%
ODD MOM OUT BRVO 425 806 381 90%
24 BELOW DECK BRVO 968 1815 847 88%
25 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 1632 3049 1417 87%
INK MASTER SPK 961 1793 832 87%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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