Dunham Debut Dunks Premiere Record For Comedy Central

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Comedy Central scored its highest-rated series bow with the debut of The Jeff Dunham Show Thursday night.

The Oct. 22 launch averaged 5.3 million total viewers, including 3 million adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen data. The premiere boosted Comedy Central to its highest-rated and most-watched night of the year, according to network officials.

The show was the highest-rated and most-watched show in cable for Thursday prime among adults 18 to 49, as well as men 18 to 34 and guys 18 to 24.

The debut of The Jeff Dunham Show represents a double for the comedian, whose Christmas special last November was Comedy's most-watched show ever with 6.6 million viewers.