February 01, 2012 4:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Key & Peele' Premiere is Comedy Central's Biggest Since 2009, 'Tosh.0' Improves With Men
Comedy Central's Key & Peele had a strong premiere on Tuesday night, bringing in a total audience of 2.1 million viewers at 10:30 p.m.
The sketch comedy's debut followed on the heels of the fourth season premiere of network mainstay Tosh.0. The viral clip-skewering series returned to 3.1 million viewers.
Key & Peele, starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, brought in the highest premiere ratings for a Comedy Central series since 2009, with the debut of The Jeff Dunham Show.
Both series performed well in the targeted male demographics, with Key & Peele earning a 2.6 among men 18-34 a 3.3 rating with men 18-24. Both numbers marked a first place finish for the timeslot across networks.
Tosh.0 performed similarly strong in the male demos as the highest performer on Tuesday night across television with men 18-34 (4.1 rating) and men 18-24 (4.6 rating) -- the latter being the highest of the series' season premieres.