12:18pm PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: 500th 'The Soup' Is Its Most-Watched Episode of Year
The Soup celebrated its 500th episode milestone by delivering nearly 1 million viewers.
With live broadcasts on both the East and West Coasts, E!'s long-running clip show hosted by Joel McHale posted its most watched episode of the year Wednesday, with 909,000 viewers tuning in at 10 p.m.
Of that number, 653,000 viewers were in the core adults 18-49 demo (up 46 percent compared to July's average), 503,000 were in the younger 18-34 demo and 388,000 were in the women 18-34 demo (up a drastic 116 percent).
To compare, July episodes averaged 682,000 viewers, The Soup's best monthly performance since February. Year to date, about 56 percent of The Soup audience watches on DVR.
Special guests for the landmark episode included Lou Diamond Phillips and B.J. Novak.
The Community star also credited E! for allowing its own reality series to be spoofed and parodied, a move he says helped The Soup tremendously.
"They have been fantastic with how we go after our network's own shows," he said. "It started with [former E! president] Ted Harbert and continues through [current president] Suzanne Kolb. If they didn't have that same attitude, I really don't think The Soup would work. There would be this weird, large elephant with an E and an exclamation point spray-painted on it in the room."
E! officially picked up six episodes of The Soup spinoff, The Soup Investigates, to debut Oct. 2.
The Soup airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on E!