'Key & Peele' Premiere is Comedy Central's Biggest Since 2009, 'Tosh.0' Improves With Men

The new sketch series premiered to audience of 2.1 million, sharing much of Daniel Tosh's male viewership.
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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.

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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.