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We’ll just keep on killing Kenny: Comedy Central and the producers of South Park have come to an agreement to keep the series on the air through the 2016 season. This means the series is guaranteed to reach its twentieth season, only behind The Simpsons, who notched its own renewal deal last month with a deal that guarantees its 25th season in 2014.
The renewal deal comes despite tensions last year between South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Comedy Central over the series’ 200th and 201st episodes and rumors the series could end due to the success of their Tony Award-winning Broadway stage play The Book Of Mormon.
But South Park continues to draw eyeballs in its longtime Wednesday night time slot. So far this season, Park has averaged around three million viewers and has finished near the top among cable shows in the adult 18-49 demo for the night, and beats all cable programming for the night in all key male demos. For example, South Park beat all prime time programming in the male 18-34 demo on the night of November 16 except for Modern Family.
Even though Fox’s Animation Domination Sunday night block has sprung a leak (thank you, Allen Gregory), adult animation is still in high demand, thanks to the successful return of Beavis and Butthead and the continued success of FX’s Archer.