Drunk History made its television debut on Tuesday, July 9 on Comedy Central. The program originally aired as a web series on Funny or Die way back in August 2007 and features inebriated comedians recounting classic events from America’s past by way of slurred speech and celebrity reenactments in period costumes.
Critics were split about the series’ move from the web to small screen, but viewer’s were more enthusiastic. According to our friends at RatingsIntel, a television research firm that puts TV ratings into context, 907,000 viewers tuned into Drunk History’s TV premiere, and the program came in third in its time slot in key demographics versus other cable shows.
Drunk History performed better than it’s 9:30PM ET Comedy Central lead-in of Tosh.0. The clip show comprised of online video clips drew a 1.0 Nielsen rating among Men 18 – 34, while Drunk History was able to capture a 1.2. MTV’s Catfish led the time slot with a 1.5 rating in the demo, followed by Adult Swim’s American Dad with a 1.3.
Here’s how the Drunk History Premiere stacked up against the competition 10PM ET on July 9, 2013 in bar graph form:
Announced in January 2013, the eight-half-hour-episode season of the show airs on Tuesdays this summer and will feature household names like Jack Black, Will Forte, Dave Grohl, Bill Hader, Tony Hale, Ben Hoffman, Jack McBrayer, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, and more. We’ll be sure to let you know how many people tune in and in between televised installments, you can catch up clips from previous episodes below: