Comedy’s Silverman Getting Renewed

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Comedy Central is apparently ordering up a second season of new hit sitcom The Sarah Silverman Program.

The network didn’t confirm a report Monday on Gawker.com, but that report quoted “a Comedy Central internal e-mail” as announcing that the MTV Networks channel ordered 14 new episodes for air this fall and next spring.

The show debuted Feb. 1. “The first two weeks of ratings have proven that in addition to the show’s critical acclaim, it looks like a ratings winner, as well -- and on a Thursday night to boot. We could not be happier to get behind this show in such a significant way,” the e-mail on Gawker said.

Critics haven’t all acclaimed the show, starring the comedian playing herself as “a totally unlikable protagonist,” according to the Boston Herald’s Amy Amatangelo. “The kind of person who tells a homeless man, ‘I’ve got to get to brunch. There’s a stack of pancakes looking for a home.’”

But Comedy called the show its most successful primetime launch in three years. Comedy said so far the show has averaged 1.7 million total viewers (persons 2-plus) and 1.3 million viewers aged 18-49. Among the young-male demo, the show averaged a rating of 3.4 among males ages 18-24 and won its time slot (10:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) in that demographic across all cable and broadcast channels for its first two weeks on the air. Comedy said it was the most-watched cable show in primetime among all key demos (persons 18-49, males 18-24, males 18-34 and males 18-49) both weeks.

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